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3 Stocks to Watch From the Booming Business Information Industry

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The increased adoption and success of the work-from-home trend are enabling the Zacks Business – Information Services industry to address the rising demand for services that ensure risk mitigation, cost reduction and productivity improvement.

The heightening technology adoption is benefiting companies like S&P Global Inc. (SPGI - Free Report) , Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK - Free Report) and TransUnion (TRU - Free Report) , supporting them to offer digitally-transformed, personalized and value-added services.

About the Industry

The Zacks Business – Information Services industry comprises companies that offer a range of services, including software, data, risks, research, information and analytics solutions. These companies operate in a dynamic business environment characterized by evolving customer behavior, preferences and demographics. The key focus within the industry is currently on channeling money and efforts toward more effective operational components, such as technology, digital transformation and data-driven decision-making, to identify demand sources and target end markets. Prominent players include ratings, benchmarks, analytics, data provider S&P Global and the provider of data analytics solutions, Verisk Analytics.

3 Trends Shaping the Future of the Information Industry

Healthy Demand Environment: The industry is mature and has witnessed a progressively growing business environment in the past few years. Revenues, income and free cash flows are likely to see healthy growth during the post-pandemic economic improvement.

Demand for Customer-Centric Solutions: The pandemic stoked a many-fold increase in demand for specific solutions that ensure risk mitigation, cost reduction and productivity improvement. These, in turn, have opened up more business opportunities for industry players. These companies are now modifying their business strategies to offer more customer-centric solutions.

Increased Adoption of Technologies: Digital transformation, automation in assembling and the use of big data in enhancing business information will likely fuel the industry’s growth in the days to come. Companies are shifting from conventional data solutions to technical and domain-specific expertise, data analytics solutions, financial consultancy and operational consultancy services.

Zacks Industry Rank Indicates Encouraging Near-Term Prospects

The Business – Information Services industry is housed within the broader Zacks Business Services sector. It carries a Zacks Industry Rank #91, which places it in the top 37% of 249 Zacks industries.

The group’s Industry Rank, which is the average of the Zacks Rank of all the member stocks, indicates underperformance in the near term. Our research shows that the top 50% of the Zacks-ranked industries outperform the bottom 50% by a factor of more than two to one.

Before we present a few stocks that you may want to consider for your portfolio, let’s take a look at the industry’s recent stock-market performance and current valuation.

Industry' Price Performance

Over the past year, the Zacks Business – Information Services industry has underperformed the Zacks Business Services sector and the S&P 500 Composite.

The industry has risen 15.5% compared with the S&P 500 Composite and the broader sector’s growth of 26.7% and 20.4%, respectively, in the said time frame.

One-Year Price Performance

Industry' Current Valuation

On the basis of the forward 12-month price-to-earnings (P/E), which is commonly used for valuing business information services stocks, the industry is currently trading at 24.35X compared with the S&P 500’s 21.21X and the sector’s 24.22X.

Over the past five years, the industry has traded as high as 32.14X and as low as 20.63X, with a median of 26.89X, as the charts below show.

Price to Forward 12 Months P/E Ratio

3 Business Information Service Stocks in Focus

We are presenting three stocks that are well-positioned to grow in the near term.

Verisk Analytics: This provider of data analytics solutions to the insurance markets has a robust growth strategy that focuses on organic growth, product development and acquisitions. Verisk continues to invest in people, data sets, analytic solutions, technology and complementary businesses to keep itself updated with changing requirements in the markets it serves. The company is maintaining its focus on increasing solution penetration with customers, developing new proprietary databases and predictive analytics, and expanding into new customer sectors.

The 2023 acquisition of Mavera is helping the company to expand in the European region and support continuous growth in the global insurance industry as a technology and analytics partner. Another acquisition, Krug, expands its claims and causality services across Europe.

Verisk currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2024 EPS has increased 0.6% to $6.53 in the past 60 days. The stock has gained 15.5% in the past year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Price and Consensus: VRSK


S&P Global: This credit ratings, benchmarks, analytics and workflow solutions provider is continuously making small but impactful acquisitions to enhance its offerings in private markets, sustainability and energy transition products. It plans to continue such strategic organic investments and opportunistic acquisitions to increase growth and innovation.

The company’s strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services allows it to consolidate contracts and fetch long-term savings through a collaborative partnership. The partnership has brought strategic cooperation to serve customers better by developing new products.

S&P Global currently carries a Zacks Rank #3. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2024 EPS has increased 0.7% in the past 60 days to $14.1. The stock has gained 18.2% in the past year.

Price and Consensus: SPGI


TransUnion: This global consumer credit reporting agency has an addressable market that includes the burgeoning Big Data and analytics market, which is expanding at a rapidly accelerating pace as companies realize the advantages of building an analytical enterprise where decisions are derived from data and insights. To capitalize on the immense potential growth, TransUnion has leveraged its next-generation technology to strengthen its analytics capabilities and has further expanded its database.

The April 2022 acquisition of Verisk Financial Services is helping TransUnion offer enhanced insights and solutions, as well as improve fraud prevention and risk management. The September 2021 acquisition of Neustar has strengthened TRU’s competitive position in the fast-growing digital marketing and identity fraud marketplaces.

TransUnion currently carries a Zacks Rank #3. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2024 EPS has been revised 0.5% upward in the past 60 days to $3.74. The stock has gained 6% in the past year.

Price and Consensus: TRU

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