IMS Health (NYSE: IMS) is one of 187 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare IMS Health to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for IMS Health and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IMS Health 0 0 0 0 N/A
IMS Health Competitors 770 4732 7447 177 2.54

As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 9.63%. Given IMS Health’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe IMS Health has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares IMS Health and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IMS Health 2.99% 5.62% 1.22%
IMS Health Competitors -22.06% -273.01% -4.78%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares IMS Health and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
IMS Health N/A N/A 74.62
IMS Health Competitors $2.79 billion $288.44 million 371.12

IMS Health’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than IMS Health. IMS Health is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.3% of IMS Health shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of IMS Health shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About IMS Health

IMS Health Holdings, Inc. (IMS) is an information and technology services company that provides solutions to its clients in the healthcare industry. The Company has its presence in over 100 countries. The Company’s data set contains over 10 petabytes of data and over 500 million patient records. It serves healthcare organizations and life science companies, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer health and medical device manufacturers, as well as distributors, providers, payers, government agencies, policymakers, researchers and the financial community. The Company’s principal information offerings include national information offerings, sub-national information offerings and OneKey. Its technology services offerings include technology solutions, real-world evidence solutions, and workflow analytics and consulting services. It offers technology services that include data warehousing, information technology (IT) outsourcing, software applications and other services.

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