IHS Markit Ltd. :INFO-US: Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2017 By the Numbers : March 31, 2017

IHS Markit Ltd. reports financial results for the quarter ended February 28, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of IHS Markit Ltd. – FactSet Research Systems Inc., MSCI Inc., Envestnet, Inc., RELX PLC Sponsored ADR, Thomson Reuters Corporation and Morningstar, Inc. (FDS-US, MSCI-US, ENV-US, RELX-US, TRI-US and MORN-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 843.90 million, Net Earnings of USD 66 million.
  • Gross margins widened from 34.58% to 46.94% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 29.45% from 41.68%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 245.79% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings rose compared to same period last year, despite decline in operating and pretax margins.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2017-02-28 2016-11-30 2016-08-31 2016-03-31 2015-12-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 843.9 873.8 724.6 287.8 291.5
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 189.5 215.11 165.32 6 7.41
Earnings (mil) 66 88.1 -30.7 24.9 46.5
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 41.94 1214.93 -168.99 -54.56 196.18
Net Margin (%) 7.82 10.08 -4.24 8.65 15.95
EPS 0.16 0.21 -0.09 0.13 0.25
Return on Equity (%) 3.32 4.23 -2.29 4.62 8.55
Return on Assets (%) 1.89 2.49 -1.38 2.82 5.25

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

INFO-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 189.50% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that INFO-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -3.42% and earnings by -25.09% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings growth has been influenced by the year-on-year improvement in gross margins from 34.58% to 46.94%. However the company’s overhead costs have prevented it from fully capitalizing on these gross margin improvements. In fact, the company’s operating margins (EBITDA margins) showed no improvement over the same period last year.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

INFO-US‘s change in operating cash flow of 245.79% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings


Despite a decline in operating (EBIT) margins as well as a decline in pretax margins, the company’s earnings rose.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

IHS Markit Ltd. delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. The company is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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