Reviewing Iqvia (NYSE:IQV) & Its Competitors

Iqvia (NYSE: IQV) is one of 186 publicly-traded companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Iqvia to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.8% of Iqvia shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.5% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.4% of Iqvia shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.6% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Iqvia has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Iqvia’s competitors have a beta of 1.53, suggesting that their average stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Iqvia and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Iqvia 0 8 8 0 2.50
Iqvia Competitors 663 2518 6649 135 2.63

Iqvia presently has a consensus target price of $106.06, suggesting a potential upside of 6.02%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 10.02%. Given Iqvia’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Iqvia has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Iqvia and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Iqvia $6.88 billion $115.00 million 344.97
Iqvia Competitors $217.40 million -$39.40 million -58.50

Iqvia has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Iqvia 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.

Profitability

This table compares Iqvia and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Iqvia 0.58% 12.60% 4.65%
Iqvia Competitors -4,136.93% -33.18% -40.79%

Summary

Iqvia beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Iqvia Company Profile

IQVIA Holdings Inc., formerly Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc., provides integrated information and technology-enabled healthcare services. The Company operates through segments, including Commercial Solutions; Research & Development Solutions, and Integrated Engagement Services. The Commercial Solutions segment offerings include national information offerings, sub-national information offerings, technology solutions, and workflow analytics and consulting services. The Research & Development Solutions segment provides biopharmaceutical development services. It offers project management and clinical monitoring, clinical trial support services, Q2 solutions, and strategic planning and design. The Integrated Engagement Services segment offerings include healthcare provider engagement services, patient engagement services, and scientific strategy and medical affairs services. The Company has its operations in the Americas, Europe and Africa, and the Asia-Pacific.

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