S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Professional Information Services” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare S&P Global to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for S&P Global and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
S&P Global 0 1 7 0 2.88
S&P Global Competitors 142 635 729 13 2.40

S&P Global presently has a consensus target price of $153.13, indicating a potential downside of 2.04%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential upside of 0.06%. Given S&P Global’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe S&P Global has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares S&P Global and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
S&P Global 38.78% 202.37% 18.20%
S&P Global Competitors 6.93% 27.29% 4.99%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.3% of S&P Global shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of S&P Global shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.6% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

S&P Global pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. S&P Global pays out 19.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 31.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares S&P Global and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
S&P Global $5.80 billion $2.66 billion 18.26
S&P Global Competitors $3.41 billion $997.58 million 17.42

S&P Global has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. S&P Global is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

S&P Global has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, S&P Global’s rivals have a beta of 0.99, indicating that their average share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

S&P Global beats its rivals on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About S&P Global

S&P Global Inc., formerly McGraw Hill Financial Inc., is a provider of ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets around the world. The Company operates through three segments: Ratings, which provides credit ratings, research and analytics to investors, issuers and other market participants; Market and Commodities Intelligence, which offers multi-asset-class data, research and analytical capabilities that integrate cross-asset analytics and desktop services, and deliver their customers in the commodity and energy markets access to information, data, analytic services and pricing and benchmarks, and S&P Dow Jones Indices (Indices), which is an index provider that maintains a range of valuation and index benchmarks for investment advisors, wealth managers and institutional investors. The Company’s subsidiary, CRISIL Limited (CRISIL), is a global analytical company and a provider of ratings, data and research, analytics and solutions.

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