PRA Health Sciences (NASDAQ: PRAH) is one of 196 public companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare PRA Health Sciences to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, risk and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.4% of PRA Health Sciences shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.5% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of PRA Health Sciences shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.0% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PRA Health Sciences and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
PRA Health Sciences $1.70 billion $250.95 million 52.32
PRA Health Sciences Competitors $207.80 million -$2.20 million 0.11

PRA Health Sciences has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. PRA Health Sciences is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for PRA Health Sciences and its rivals, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PRA Health Sciences 0 1 9 0 2.90
PRA Health Sciences Competitors 465 2222 6114 117 2.66

PRA Health Sciences currently has a consensus target price of $85.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.82%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 1.03%. Given PRA Health Sciences’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe PRA Health Sciences is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility & Risk

PRA Health Sciences has a beta of 0.42, meaning that its stock price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PRA Health Sciences’ rivals have a beta of 1.63, meaning that their average stock price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares PRA Health Sciences and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PRA Health Sciences 5.15% 21.17% 7.23%
PRA Health Sciences Competitors -3,991.22% -119.32% -44.11%


PRA Health Sciences beats its rivals on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

PRA Health Sciences Company Profile

PRA Health Sciences, Inc. is a contract research organization. The Company provides outsourced clinical development services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The Company offers therapeutic services in areas of pharmaceutical development, including oncology, central nervous system, inflammation and infectious diseases. Its services include data management, statistical analysis, clinical trial management, and regulatory and drug development consulting. It provides its clients with clinical development service offerings, which includes both traditional, project-based Phase I through Phase IV services, as well as embedded and functional outsourcing services. As of December 31, 2016, its clinical development platform included approximately 70 offices across North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, South Africa, Australia and the Middle East. The Company’s service offerings include product registration, strategic solutions and early development services.

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