Analyzing INC Research (NASDAQ:SYNH) and The Competition

INC Research (NASDAQ: SYNH) is one of 190 public companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare INC Research to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for INC Research and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
INC Research 0 4 6 0 2.60
INC Research Competitors 724 2615 6962 148 2.63

INC Research presently has a consensus price target of $49.88, suggesting a potential upside of 33.00%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 21.68%. Given INC Research’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe INC Research is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.5% of INC Research shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.6% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of INC Research shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.6% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

INC Research has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, INC Research’s competitors have a beta of 1.49, meaning that their average share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
INC Research -4.29% 14.42% 5.17%
INC Research Competitors -4,417.03% -467.48% -42.96%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
INC Research $1.61 billion $112.63 million -64.65
INC Research Competitors $228.60 million -$39.07 million -61.45

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


INC Research beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

INC Research Company Profile

Syneos Health, Inc., formerly INC Research Holdings, Inc., is a global contract research organization (CRO). The Company focuses on Phase I to Phase IV clinical development services for the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries. The Company operates through two segments: Clinical Development Services and Phase I Services. The Company’s Clinical Development Services segment offers a range of clinical development services, including full-service global studies, as well as ancillary services, such as clinical monitoring, investigator recruitment, patient recruitment, data management, study reports to assist customers with their drug development process, quality assurance audits and specialized consulting services. The Phase I Services segment focuses on clinical development services for Phase I trials, which include scientific exploratory medicine, first-in-human studies through proof-of-concept stages and support for Phase I studies in established compounds.

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