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

Risk and 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 competitors have a beta of 0.99, meaning that their average share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares IHS and its competitors’ 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 7.21% 28.91% 5.48%

Insider & Institutional 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 hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares IHS and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
IHS N/A N/A 32.75
IHS Competitors $3.22 billion $939.90 million 16.79

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for IHS and its competitors, 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 72 504 679 6 2.49

IHS presently has a consensus price target of $44.67, suggesting a potential downside of 61.90%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential upside of 0.58%. Given IHS’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe IHS has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


IHS competitors 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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