Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

S&P Global Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides ratings, benchmarks, analytics, and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide.


Trading at 9.1% below its fair value

Earnings are forecast to grow 8.03% per year

Earnings have grown 29.4% per year over the past 5 years

Pays a reliable dividend of 0.87%

Risk Analysis

No risks detected for SPGI from our risk checks.

Snowflake Analysis

Average dividend payer with acceptable track record.

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Share Price & News

How has S&P Global's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: SPGI has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Capital Markets


US Market

1 Year Return




US Capital Markets


US Market

Return vs Industry: SPGI exceeded the US Capital Markets industry which returned 19% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SPGI exceeded the US Market which returned 20.1% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day4.1%1.9%1.8%
30 Day3.7%0.7%1.4%
90 Day16.5%9.1%8.8%
1 Year56.7%55.1%21.4%19.0%22.7%20.1%
3 Year143.5%135.9%40.0%32.1%50.1%40.4%
5 Year211.6%194.0%83.6%66.4%72.9%53.9%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is S&P Global's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is S&P Global undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: SPGI ($307.65) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($338.48)

Significantly Below Fair Value: SPGI is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: SPGI is good value based on its PE Ratio (35.6x) compared to the Capital Markets industry average (36x).

PE vs Market: SPGI is poor value based on its PE Ratio (35.6x) compared to the US market (18.3x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: SPGI is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (4.4x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: SPGI is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (156.7x) compared to the US Capital Markets industry average (6.7x).

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Future Growth

How is S&P Global forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 16 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SPGI's forecast earnings growth (8% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: SPGI's earnings (8% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (14.3% per year).

High Growth Earnings: SPGI's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: SPGI's revenue (5.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SPGI's revenue (5.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: SPGI's Return on Equity is forecast to be very high in 3 years time (194.3%).

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Past Performance

How has S&P Global performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: SPGI has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: SPGI's current net profit margins (31.7%) are higher than last year (31.3%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SPGI has become profitable over the past 5 years, growing earnings by 29.4% per year.

Accelerating Growth: SPGI's earnings growth over the past year (8.4%) is below its 5-year average (29.4% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: SPGI earnings growth over the past year (8.4%) underperformed the Capital Markets industry 8.6%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst SPGI's Return on Equity (82.13%) is outstanding, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.

Return on Assets

Return on Capital Employed

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Financial Health

How is S&P Global's financial position? (This company is analysed differently as a bank or financial institution)

Financial Position Analysis

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: SPGI has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: SPGI's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 1.2x debt).

Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: SPGI's level of assets compared to its equity is low.

Allowance for Bad Loans: Insufficient data to determine if SPGI has a sufficient allowance for bad loans.

Low Risk Liabilities: SPGI reports no customer deposits, loans are made up entirely of externally borrowed funds.

Loan Level: Insufficient data to determine if SPGI has an acceptable proportion of non-loan assets held.

Low Risk Deposits: SPGI has advanced significantly more loans than the customer deposits it holds.

Level of Bad Loans: Insufficient data to determine if SPGI has an appropriate level of bad loans.

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What is S&P Global's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Upcoming Dividend Payment

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Dividend Yield vs Market


Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: SPGI's dividend (0.87%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.44%).

High Dividend: SPGI's dividend (0.87%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.68%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: SPGI's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: SPGI's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (26.4%), SPGI's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: SPGI's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (25.1% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Doug Peterson (60yo)





Mr. Douglas L. Peterson, also known as Doug, has been the Chief Executive Officer, President of S&P Global Inc. since November 1, 2013 and has been its Executive Director since July 11, 2013. Mr. Peterson  ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Doug's total compensation ($USD12.36M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD10.82M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Doug's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Douglas Peterson
President6.3yrsUS$12.36m0.065% $48.7m
John Berisford
President of S&P Global Ratings Inc0yrsUS$2.90m0.011% $8.0m
Alexander Matturri
Chief Executive Officer of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC0yrsUS$3.31m0.0079% $5.9m
Ewout Steenbergen
Executive VP & CFO3.3yrsUS$4.37m0.0057% $4.3m
Martin Fraenkel
President of S&P Global Platts Inc0yrsno data0.0019% $1.5m
Martina Cheung
President of S&P Global Market Intelligence0yrsno data0.0024% $1.8m
Christopher Craig
Senior VP1.4yrsno data0.0015% $1.2m
Nicholas Cafferillo
Chief Data & Technology Officer2.1yrsno data0.0032% $2.4m
Sitarama Kocherlakota
Executive VP & Chief Information Officer2.1yrsno data0.00095% $712.5k
Robert Merritt
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations0yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: SPGI's management team is considered experienced (2.1 years average tenure).

Board Members

Douglas Peterson
President6.3yrsUS$12.36m0.065% $48.7m
Harold McGraw
Chairman Emeritus4.8yrsUS$363.55kno data
Charles Haldeman
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board4.8yrsUS$400.13k0.0012% $922.6k
Richard Thornburgh
Independent Director8.2yrsUS$268.13k0.00053% $397.5k
Edward Rust
Independent Director19.1yrsUS$273.13k0.00082% $615.0k
William Green
Independent Director9.1yrsUS$268.13k0.00041% $307.5k
Kurt Schmoke
Independent Director17yrsUS$249.13k0.00042% $315.0k
Monique Leroux
Independent Director3.3yrsUS$254.63k0.00021% $157.5k
Rebecca Jacoby
Independent Director5.3yrsUS$247.13k0.00016% $120.0k
Maria Morris
Independent Director3.3yrsUS$258.63k0.00016% $120.0k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: SPGI's board of directors are considered experienced (6 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

S&P Global Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: S&P Global Inc.
  • Ticker: SPGI
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1860
  • Industry: Financial Exchanges and Data
  • Sector: Diversified Financials
  • Market Cap: US$75.005b
  • Shares outstanding: 243.80m
  • Website: https://www.spglobal.com

Number of Employees


  • S&P Global Inc.
  • 55 Water Street
  • New York
  • New York
  • 10041
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
SPGINYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDJan 1968
SPGI *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon StockMXMXNJan 1968
MHLDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJan 1968
0KYYLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDJan 1968
MHLETLX (Eurotlx)YesCommon StockITEURJan 1968
SPGIWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesCommon StockATEURJan 1968
SPGI34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EACH 1 REP 0.25 COM USD1BRBRLMay 2019


S&P Global Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides ratings, benchmarks, analytics, and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide. The company operates through four segments: S&P Global Ratings (Ratings), S&P Global Market Intelligence (Market Intelligence), S&P Global Platts (Platts), and S&P Dow Jones Indices (Indices). The Ratings segment offers credit ratings, research, and analytics to investors, corporations, governments, municipalities, commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, asset managers, and other debt issuers. The Market Intelligence segment provides multi-asset-class data, research, and analytical capabilities, which integrate cross-asset analytics and desktop services to investment managers, investment banks, private equity firms, insurance companies, commercial banks, corporations, professional services firms, government agencies, and regulators. The Platts segment offers essential price data, analytics, and industry insights for the commodity and energy markets. It serves producers, traders, and intermediaries within the energy, petrochemicals, metals, and agriculture markets. The Indices segment provides index that maintains various valuation and index benchmarks for investment advisors, wealth managers, and institutional investors. The company also offers analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data visualization systems to Wall Street's premier global banks and investment institutions, as well as the National Security community. The company was formerly known as McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. and changed its name to S&P Global Inc. in April 2016. S&P Global Inc. was founded in 1860 and is headquartered in New York, New York. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/16 23:41
End of Day Share Price2020/02/14 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.