S&P Global (MHP) and Morningstar (MORN) Financial Survey

S&P Global (NYSE: MHP) and Morningstar (NASDAQ:MORN) are both mid-cap professional information services – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
S&P Global 30.28% 186.79% 21.01%
Morningstar 19.11% 15.43% 8.28%

Dividends

Morningstar pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. S&P Global does not pay a dividend. Morningstar pays out 23.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for S&P Global and Morningstar, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
S&P Global 0 0 0 0 N/A
Morningstar 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk & Volatility

S&P Global has a beta of 1.51, meaning that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Morningstar has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares S&P Global and Morningstar’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
S&P Global N/A N/A N/A $6.81 0.19
Morningstar $798.60 million 4.71 $161.00 million $3.91 22.61

Morningstar has higher revenue and earnings than S&P Global. S&P Global is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Morningstar, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

39.3% of Morningstar shares are owned by institutional investors. 57.4% of Morningstar shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

S&P Global beats Morningstar on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Morningstar

Morningstar, Inc. is a provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The Company focuses to create products that help investors reach their financial goals. It offers a range of data, software, research, and investment management offerings for financial advisors, asset managers, sponsors, and individual investors. It provides data and research insights on a range of investment offerings, including managed investment products, listed companies, capital markets, and real-time global market data. It conducts its business operations outside of the United States through subsidiaries in countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China (both Hong Kong and the mainland), Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

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