IHS (NYSE: IHS) and S&P Global (NYSE:SPGI) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares IHS and S&P Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IHS 7.63% 8.19% 2.73%
S&P Global 38.78% 202.37% 18.20%

Dividends

S&P Global pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. IHS does not pay a dividend. S&P Global pays out 19.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.4% of S&P Global shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of S&P Global shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for IHS and S&P Global, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IHS 0 2 1 0 2.33
S&P Global 0 1 7 0 2.88

IHS presently has a consensus price target of $44.67, indicating a potential downside of 61.90%. S&P Global has a consensus price target of $151.25, indicating a potential downside of 0.45%. Given S&P Global’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe S&P Global is more favorable than IHS.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares IHS and S&P Global’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IHS N/A N/A N/A $3.58 32.75
S&P Global $5.80 billion 6.73 $2.66 billion $8.56 17.75

S&P Global has higher revenue and earnings than IHS. S&P Global is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IHS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

IHS has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, S&P Global has a beta of 1.51, meaning that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

S&P Global beats IHS on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About IHS

IHS Inc. develops source of information, insight and analytics in different areas of business. The Company’s segments include Resources, Transportation and Consolidated Markets & Solutions. The Company’s Resources segment includes its Energy and Chemicals product offerings. Its Transportation segment includes its Automotive; Maritime & Trade, and Aerospace, Defense & Security product offerings. Its Consolidated Markets & Solutions segment includes its Product Design; Technology, Media & Telecom, and Economics & Country Risk product offerings. It provides authoritative analysis and forecasts of sales and production for light vehicles, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, powertrain, components and technology systems across various markets. Its product design offerings include content and analysis on various engineering and technical standards, codes, reference books, journals, and other scientific and technical documents, as well as software-based engineering decision engines.

About S&P Global

S&P Global Inc., formerly McGraw Hill Financial Inc., is a provider of ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets around the world. The Company operates through three segments: Ratings, which provides credit ratings, research and analytics to investors, issuers and other market participants; Market and Commodities Intelligence, which offers multi-asset-class data, research and analytical capabilities that integrate cross-asset analytics and desktop services, and deliver their customers in the commodity and energy markets access to information, data, analytic services and pricing and benchmarks, and S&P Dow Jones Indices (Indices), which is an index provider that maintains a range of valuation and index benchmarks for investment advisors, wealth managers and institutional investors. The Company’s subsidiary, CRISIL Limited (CRISIL), is a global analytical company and a provider of ratings, data and research, analytics and solutions.

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