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I/B/E/S Estimates

An overview of I/B/E/S Estimates

I/B/E/S Estimates is the standard for analyst detail, consensus, comparable actual, aggregates data, company guidance data, and advanced analytics. Founded in 1976, I/B/E/S (Institutional Brokers' Estimate System) gathers and compiles the different estimates made by stock analysts on the future earnings for publicly traded companies.

Estimate data is displayed at company level, screened with rigorous quality control methods across 23,000+ active companies in 90+ countries, and sourced from over 18,000 analysts.
Over 950+ firms contribute data to I/B/E/S, from the largest global houses to regional and local brokers, with U.S. data back to 1976 and international data back to 1987.

Key Facts 

  • Geographical coverage
  • History
    United States from 1976
    Rest of the World from 1987
  • Data format
    User Interface
  • Delivery mechanism
    Deployed/Onsite Servers
    Digital Files
  • Data frequency

Features & Benefits

What you get with I/B/E/S Estimates

  • 950+ contributors, across 90+ developed and emerging markets, totaling over 18,000 individual analysts – the most in the industry. Unmatchable history across 60k+ companies back to 1976 for North America, 1987 for other markets.
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) incorporate deep, industry-specific operating metrics into your analysis. KPIs include items such as Same Store Sales for retailers and restaurants, Pharma Drugs Sales for Pharmaceutical Industry and Segment data - available across 15 industries, for 250+ granular metrics. In total I/B/E/S covers 325+ financial data measures.
  • StarMine SmartEstimates® are proven to be a more accurate predictor of future earnings surprises than traditional mean estimates. The patented model is simple but effective – overweight those analysts with strong track records for that company and overweight more recent contributions. StarMine Predicted Surprise acts as a leading indicator to earnings direction.
  • Comparable Actuals adjusted to the consensus mean thus providing a clear information on a beat/miss. Also Restated Actuals give true year-over-year comparability for companies which restated results.
  • Comparable Guidance compares the company’s own view on its future performance against the market view. As Reported Guidance - collected as given by the company, and it includes both quantitative and qualitative (textual) guidance.
  • Macro-Level Views - I/B/E/S Global Aggregates, with over 30 years of history, facilitates top-down analysis in order to better assess potential growth and risk as well as future value across industry, sector, index, country, and region.
  • Jump-to Research links the detailed estimate directly back to the source document – simplifying client workflow and adding transparency.
  • 40+ years of collection experience, time-tested methodologies and World class QC/Audit systems.

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