Magellan Health (NASDAQ: MGLN) is one of 14 publicly-traded companies in the “Managed Health Care” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Magellan Health to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Magellan Health has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Magellan Health’s peers have a beta of 0.76, indicating that their average share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Magellan Health and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Magellan Health 1.59% 8.88% 4.08%
Magellan Health Competitors 1.70% 10.53% 3.41%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.5% of Magellan Health shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.2% of shares of all “Managed Health Care” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.6% of Magellan Health shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of shares of all “Managed Health Care” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Magellan Health and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Magellan Health 1 0 3 0 2.50
Magellan Health Competitors 79 854 1409 22 2.58

Magellan Health currently has a consensus target price of $79.75, suggesting a potential downside of 7.75%. As a group, “Managed Health Care” companies have a potential downside of 0.93%. Given Magellan Health’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Magellan Health has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Magellan Health and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Magellan Health $5.28 billion $242.58 million 24.49
Magellan Health Competitors $52.30 billion $3.74 billion 17.83

Magellan Health’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Magellan Health. Magellan Health is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Magellan Health peers beat Magellan Health on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Magellan Health Company Profile

Magellan Health, Inc. is engaged in the healthcare management business. The Company’s segments include Healthcare, Pharmacy Management and Corporate. It is focused on managing special populations, complete pharmacy benefits and other specialty areas of healthcare. Its Healthcare includes its management of behavioral healthcare services and employee assistance program (EAP) services, management of other specialty areas, including diagnostic imaging and musculoskeletal management, and the integrated management of physical, behavioral and pharmaceutical healthcare for special populations, delivered through Magellan Complete Care (MCC). Its Pharmacy Management segment consists of products and solutions that provide clinical and financial management of pharmaceuticals paid under medical and pharmacy benefit programs. Its Corporate segment consists primarily of operational support functions. It provides services to health plans and other managed care organizations (MCOs).

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