IHS (NYSE: IHS) and John Wiley & Sons (NYSE:JW.A) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.6% of John Wiley & Sons shares are held by institutional investors. 7.5% of John Wiley & Sons shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for IHS and John Wiley & Sons, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IHS 0 2 1 0 2.33
John Wiley & Sons 0 1 1 0 2.50

IHS currently has a consensus price target of $44.67, suggesting a potential downside of 61.90%. John Wiley & Sons has a consensus price target of $53.00, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Given John Wiley & Sons’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe John Wiley & Sons is more favorable than IHS.

Dividends

John Wiley & Sons pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share. IHS does not pay a dividend. John Wiley & Sons pays out 65.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

IHS has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Wiley & Sons has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares IHS and John Wiley & Sons’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IHS N/A N/A N/A $3.58 32.75
John Wiley & Sons N/A N/A N/A $1.96 N/A

John Wiley & Sons is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IHS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares IHS and John Wiley & Sons’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IHS 7.63% 8.19% 2.73%
John Wiley & Sons 6.61% 17.39% 6.17%

Summary

John Wiley & Sons beats IHS on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

John Wiley & Sons Company Profile

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. provides knowledge and knowledge-enabled services in the areas of research, professional practice and education. The Company operates through three segments: Research, Professional Development and Education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, corporate learning solutions, employment talent solutions and training services, and test prep and certification. In the Education segment, the Company provides print and digital content, and education solutions, including online program management services for higher education institutions and course management tools for instructors and students. The Company is engaged in developing and cross-marketing products to its customer base of researchers, professionals, students and educators.

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