IHS Markit (NASDAQ: INFO) and Donnelley Financial Solutions (NYSE:DFIN) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares IHS Markit and Donnelley Financial Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|IHS Markit||$2.73 billion||6.52||$152.80 million||$0.95||47.06|
|Donnelley Financial Solutions||$983.50 million||0.69||$59.10 million||$0.99||20.38|
This table compares IHS Markit and Donnelley Financial Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Donnelley Financial Solutions||3.26%||32.44%||4.78%|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
99.1% of IHS Markit shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.7% of Donnelley Financial Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Donnelley Financial Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility & Risk
IHS Markit has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Donnelley Financial Solutions has a beta of 2.86, indicating that its stock price is 186% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for IHS Markit and Donnelley Financial Solutions, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Donnelley Financial Solutions||0||3||1||0||2.25|
IHS Markit currently has a consensus target price of $47.75, suggesting a potential upside of 6.80%. Donnelley Financial Solutions has a consensus target price of $23.33, suggesting a potential upside of 15.63%. Given Donnelley Financial Solutions’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Donnelley Financial Solutions is more favorable than IHS Markit.
IHS Markit beats Donnelley Financial Solutions on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
IHS Markit Company Profile
IHS Markit Ltd., formerly Markit Ltd., is a provider of critical information and analytics for the major industries, financial markets and governments. The Company operates through four segments: Resources, Transportation, Consolidated Markets & Solutions (CMS) and Financial Services. The Resources segment includes its energy and chemicals product offerings. Its energy offerings are focused on upstream, midstream, downstream and power/gas/coal/renewables (PGCR) services. The Transportation segment includes its aerospace, defense and security (AD&S); automotive, and maritime and trade (M&T) product offerings. The CMS segment includes its product design; technology, media and telecommunication, and economics and country risk (ECR) product offerings. The Company’s Financial Services segment provides pricing and reference data, indices, valuation and trading services, trade processing, enterprise software and managed services.
Donnelley Financial Solutions Company Profile
Donnelley Financial Solutions, Inc. is a financial communications services company that supports global capital markets compliance and transaction needs for its corporate clients and their advisors (such as law firms and investment bankers), and global investment markets compliance and analytics needs for mutual fund companies, variable annuity providers and broker/dealers. The Company provides content management, multi-channel content distribution, data management and analytics services, collaborative workflow and business reporting tools, and translations and other language services in support of its clients’ communications requirements. The Company operates in two business segments: United States and International. The United States segment consists of three reporting units: capital markets, investment markets, and language solutions and other. The International segment includes its operations in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Canada.
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