Head-To-Head Analysis: Thomson Reuters Corp (TRI) vs. The Competition

Thomson Reuters Corp (NYSE: TRI) is one of 27 public companies in the “Professional Information Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Thomson Reuters Corp to related companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Thomson Reuters Corp and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Thomson Reuters Corp 1 6 5 0 2.33
Thomson Reuters Corp Competitors 72 504 679 6 2.49

Thomson Reuters Corp presently has a consensus target price of $51.00, indicating a potential upside of 9.84%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential downside of 3.06%. Given Thomson Reuters Corp’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Thomson Reuters Corp is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility & Risk

Thomson Reuters Corp has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Thomson Reuters Corp’s peers have a beta of 0.99, meaning that their average share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Thomson Reuters Corp and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Thomson Reuters Corp 26.81% 13.64% 6.42%
Thomson Reuters Corp Competitors 7.21% 28.91% 5.48%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

26.2% of Thomson Reuters Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.7% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.2% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are held 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.

Dividends

Thomson Reuters Corp pays an annual dividend of $1.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Thomson Reuters Corp pays out 33.9% 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. Thomson Reuters Corp has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Thomson Reuters Corp and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Thomson Reuters Corp $11.20 billion $2.52 billion 11.41
Thomson Reuters Corp Competitors $3.22 billion $939.90 million 16.88

Thomson Reuters Corp has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Thomson Reuters Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Thomson Reuters Corp peers beat Thomson Reuters Corp on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Thomson Reuters Corp

Thomson Reuters Corporation (Thomson Reuters) is a Canada-based provider of news and information for professional markets. The Company is organized in three business units: Financial & Risk, Legal, and Tax & Accounting. The Financial & Risk unit is a provider of critical news, information and analytics, enabling transactions and connecting communities of trading, investment, financial and corporate professionals. The Legal unit is a provider of critical online and print information, decision tools, software and services that support legal, investigation, business and government professionals around the world. The Tax & Accounting unit is a provider of integrated tax compliance and accounting information, software and services for professionals in accounting firms, corporations, law firms and government. The Company also operates Reuters, Global Growth Organization (GGO) and Enterprise Technology & Operations (ET&O). Thomson Reuters operates in over 100 countries.

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