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 profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares IHS and its peers 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 17.62

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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for IHS and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IHS 0 2 1 0 2.33
IHS Competitors 142 635 729 13 2.40

IHS presently has a consensus target price of $44.67, suggesting a potential downside of 61.90%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential upside of 1.35%. Given IHS’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe IHS has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

63.5% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.6% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company 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%

Summary

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

IHS Company Profile

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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