S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI) and TheStreet (NASDAQ:TST) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares S&P Global and TheStreet’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
S&P Global $5.66 billion 7.35 $2.11 billion $6.81 23.97
TheStreet $63.50 million 1.07 -$17.51 million ($0.34) -4.06

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

Dividends

S&P Global pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. TheStreet does not pay a dividend. S&P Global pays out 24.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.8% of S&P Global shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.8% of TheStreet shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of S&P Global shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.7% of TheStreet shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for S&P Global and TheStreet, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
S&P Global 0 4 5 0 2.56
TheStreet 0 0 2 0 3.00

S&P Global presently has a consensus target price of $165.33, suggesting a potential upside of 1.29%. TheStreet has a consensus target price of $2.50, suggesting a potential upside of 81.16%. Given TheStreet’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe TheStreet is more favorable than S&P Global.

Volatility and Risk

S&P Global has a beta of 1.51, indicating that its share price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TheStreet has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
S&P Global 30.15% 187.30% 18.88%
TheStreet -19.60% 1.04% 0.56%

Summary

S&P Global beats TheStreet on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

S&P Global Company Profile

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.

TheStreet Company Profile

TheStreet, Inc. (TheStreet) is a digital financial media company focused on the financial, and mergers and acquisitions environment. The Company’s collection of digital services provides users, subscribers and advertisers with a range of content and tools through a range of online, social media, tablet and mobile channels. With a suite of digital services, TheStreet offers the tools and insights needed to make informed decisions about earning, investing, saving and spending money. TheStreet provides interactive multimedia coverage of the financial markets, economy, industry trends, investment and financial planning. Its subscription products are designed to address the needs of investors with various areas of interest, including fledgling investors, day and swing traders, and fundamental, technical and options traders. Its RateWatch business publishes bank rate market information on a subscription basis to financial institutions and government agencies.

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