Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) (DNB) versus MSCI (MSCI) Financial Comparison

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) (NYSE: DNB) and MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitabiliy, risk, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) and MSCI, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) 1 2 0 0 1.67
MSCI 1 2 2 0 2.20

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) currently has a consensus target price of $112.50, indicating a potential upside of 3.00%. MSCI has a consensus target price of $95.40, indicating a potential downside of 10.82%. Given Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The)’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) is more favorable than MSCI.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.1% of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.9% of MSCI shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of MSCI shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) and MSCI’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) 4.85% -25.59% 12.10%
MSCI 23.31% 72.33% 9.99%

Risk and Volatility

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MSCI has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) pays an annual dividend of $2.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. MSCI pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) pays out 90.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. MSCI pays out 38.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years and MSCI has increased its dividend for 10 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) and MSCI’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) $1.71 billion 2.36 $435.90 million $2.23 48.98
MSCI $1.17 billion 8.27 $587.00 million $2.90 36.89

MSCI has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The). MSCI is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

MSCI beats Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The)

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation is the source of commercial data, analytics and insight on businesses. The Company operates through two segments: Americas, which consists of its operations in the United States and Canada, and Non-Americas, which consists of its operations in the United Kingdom, Greater China, India, and its European and Asia Pacific Worldwide Networks. The Company provides Risk Management Solutions and Sales and Marketing Solutions. The Company provides DNBi and D&B Credit that are subscription-based online applications, which offers customers real time access to its complete and up-to-date global information, monitoring and portfolio analysis. The Company provides D&B Optimizer solution, which transforms its customers’ prospects and data into up-to-date, actionable commercial insight, facilitating a single customer view across multiple systems and touch points, such as marketing and billing databases, and enables a customer to make sales and marketing decisions.

About MSCI

MSCI Inc. offers products and services to support the needs of institutional investors throughout their investment processes. Its segments include Index, Analytics and All Other segment. All Other segment comprises environmental, social and governance (ESG) and Real Estate segments. Its indexes are used in various areas of the investment process, including index-linked product creation and performance benchmarking, as well as portfolio construction and rebalancing, and asset allocation. The Analytics segment uses analytical content to create products and services, which offer institutional investors an integrated view of risk and return. MSCI’s ESG products include MSCI ESG Ratings, MSCI ESG Business Involvement Screening Research and MSCI ESG Governance Metrics. MSCI’s Real Estate products comprise private real estate benchmarks and indexes branded IPD Group Limited (IPD) and include Portfolio Analysis Service (PAS), IPD Rental Information Service (IRIS) and IPD Global Intel.

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