Intersections (NASDAQ:INTX) and Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Intersections has a beta of 0.73, suggesting that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Verisk Analytics has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

24.2% of Intersections shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.4% of Verisk Analytics shares are owned by institutional investors. 52.7% of Intersections shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Verisk Analytics shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Intersections and Verisk Analytics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intersections -0.08% -267.85% 2.08%
Verisk Analytics 26.58% 31.35% 10.29%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Intersections and Verisk Analytics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intersections $159.62 million 0.28 -$14.32 million N/A N/A
Verisk Analytics $2.15 billion 8.92 $555.10 million $3.21 36.18

Verisk Analytics has higher revenue and earnings than Intersections.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Intersections and Verisk Analytics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intersections 0 0 0 0 N/A
Verisk Analytics 0 7 5 0 2.42

Verisk Analytics has a consensus target price of $105.08, indicating a potential downside of 9.52%. Given Verisk Analytics’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Verisk Analytics is more favorable than Intersections.

Summary

Verisk Analytics beats Intersections on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Intersections Company Profile

Intersections Inc. provides identity risk management and privacy protection services in the United States and Canada. The company's Personal Information Services segment offers privacy, personal information security, and identity theft monitoring and remediation services for consumers to understand, monitor, manage, and protect against the risks associated with their personal information. Its services include credit reports, credit monitoring, educational credit scores, and credit education; reports, monitoring, and education about other personal information and risks, such as public records, identity validation, new accounts, and Internet data risks; identity theft recovery services; identity theft cost reimbursement insurance; and software and other technology tools and services under the IDENTITY GUARD brand. This segment also offers breach response services to organizations responding to compromises of sensitive personal information; and Privacy Now with Watson, an identity theft monitoring and privacy advisory solution. The company's Insurance and Other Consumer Services segment provides insurance and membership products for consumers. Intersections Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia.

Verisk Analytics Company Profile

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides data analytics solutions for customers in the insurance, energy, and financial markets in the United States and internationally. Its Decision Analytics segment develops predictive models to forecast scenarios, and produce standard and customized analytics for predicting loss, selecting and pricing risk, detecting fraud before and after a loss event, and quantifying losses. It provides fraud-detection tools for the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry; data analytics for energy, chemicals, and metals and mining industries; and data and information services that enable enhanced compliance with environmental health and safety, as well as helps businesses and governments to anticipate and manage climate-and weather-related risks. The company's Risk Assessment segment offers solutions to P&C insurance customers and focuses on prediction of loss, and selection and pricing of risk. Its solutions include industry-standard insurance programs that help P&C insurers in defining coverage and issue policies; actuarial services to help its customers analyze and price their risks; and customized services that include assisting with the development of independent insurance programs, analysis of their own underwriting experience, development of classification systems and rating plans, and other business decisions, as well as supplies information to various customers in other markets. This segment's solutions also comprise property-specific rating and underwriting information on properties, businesses, and communities to evaluate, price, and process commercial insurance applications, including property, auto, general liability, business owner's policy, and workers compensation. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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