IHS (NYSE: IHS) is one of 27 public companies in the “Professional Information Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare IHS to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares IHS and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
IHS N/A N/A 32.75
IHS Competitors $3.41 billion $997.58 million 16.78

IHS’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than IHS. IHS is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.7% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.2% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares IHS and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IHS 7.63% 8.19% 2.73%
IHS Competitors 6.93% 27.29% 4.99%

Volatility & Risk

IHS has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IHS’s peers have a beta of 0.99, suggesting that their average stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for IHS and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IHS 0 2 1 0 2.33
IHS Competitors 70 502 674 6 2.49

IHS currently has a consensus target price of $44.67, indicating a potential downside of 61.90%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential upside of 0.55%. Given IHS’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe IHS has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

IHS peers beat IHS on 10 of the 11 factors compared.

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.

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