Head-To-Head Review: Iqvia (IQV) versus Its Competitors

Iqvia (NYSE: IQV) is one of 188 public companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Iqvia to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation and risk.


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 -4,408.50% -470.69% -41.97%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.8% of Iqvia shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.8% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.4% of Iqvia shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Iqvia has a beta of 0.61, indicating that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Iqvia’s competitors have a beta of 1.51, indicating that their average stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Iqvia and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Iqvia 0 8 8 0 2.50
Iqvia Competitors 665 2523 6742 134 2.63

Iqvia currently has a consensus price target of $106.06, indicating a potential upside of 6.02%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 11.78%. Given Iqvia’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Iqvia has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Iqvia and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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 -62.95

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.


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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