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I/B/E/S Estimates

An overview of I/B/E/S Estimates 

Refinitiv I/B/E/S Estimates is the standard for analyst detail, consensus and 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 980 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
    Global
  • History
    United States from 1976
    Rest of the World from 1987
  • Data format
    CSV
    HTML
    JSON
    PDF
    Python
    SQL
    Text
    User Interface
    XML
  • Delivery mechanism
    API
    Cloud
    Deployed/Onsite Servers
    Desktop
    Digital Files
    Excel
    FTP
  • Data frequency
    Continuous
    Daily

Features & Benefits

What you get with I/B/E/S Estimates 

  • 980+ contributors, across 90+ developed and emerging markets, totaling over 18,000 individual analysts – the most in the industry.
  • 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, and are available for 15 industries, across 250+ granular metrics.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jump-to Research links the detailed estimate directly back to the source document – simplifying client workflow and adding transparency.
  • 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.

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