Financial Survey: IMS Health (NYSE:IMS) & Insight Enterprises (NSIT)

Insight Enterprises (NASDAQ: NSIT) and IMS Health (NYSE:IMS) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.


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This table compares Insight Enterprises and IMS Health’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Insight Enterprises 1.35% 14.73% 4.44%
IMS Health 2.99% 5.62% 1.22%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.0% of Insight Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.3% of IMS Health shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Insight Enterprises shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of IMS Health shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Insight Enterprises and IMS Health’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Insight Enterprises $6.70 billion 0.18 $90.68 million $3.24 10.28
IMS Health N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Insight Enterprises has higher revenue and earnings than IMS Health.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Insight Enterprises and IMS Health, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Insight Enterprises 1 1 1 0 2.00
IMS Health 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insight Enterprises currently has a consensus target price of $49.00, suggesting a potential upside of 47.06%. Given Insight Enterprises’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Insight Enterprises is more favorable than IMS Health.


Insight Enterprises beats IMS Health on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Insight Enterprises Company Profile

Insight Enterprises, Inc. is engaged in providing information technology (IT) hardware, software, and cloud and service solutions to business, government, healthcare and educational clients. The Company operates through three segments: North America, EMEA and APAC. North America comprises the United States and Canada; EMEA comprises Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and APAC comprises Asia Pacific. The Company consults, designs, implements and manages integrated IT solutions for its customers. Its offerings in North America and select countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa include a suite of IT hardware, software and services solutions. Its offerings in the remainder of EMEA and APAC segments are software and select software-related services. Its cloud management platform serves as a marketplace for its clients to buy and manage their cloud subscriptions with options that manage their software-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service management capabilities.

IMS Health Company Profile

IMS Health Holdings, Inc. (IMS) is an information and technology services company that provides solutions to its clients in the healthcare industry. The Company has its presence in over 100 countries. The Company’s data set contains over 10 petabytes of data and over 500 million patient records. It serves healthcare organizations and life science companies, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer health and medical device manufacturers, as well as distributors, providers, payers, government agencies, policymakers, researchers and the financial community. The Company’s principal information offerings include national information offerings, sub-national information offerings and OneKey. Its technology services offerings include technology solutions, real-world evidence solutions, and workflow analytics and consulting services. It offers technology services that include data warehousing, information technology (IT) outsourcing, software applications and other services.

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