The Providence Service Corporation (NASDAQ: PRSC) is one of 50 public companies in the “Healthcare Facilities & Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare The Providence Service Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.0% of The Providence Service Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.5% of shares of all “Healthcare Facilities & Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.9% of The Providence Service Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of shares of all “Healthcare Facilities & Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for The Providence Service Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Providence Service Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
The Providence Service Corporation Competitors 190 1294 1829 32 2.51

The Providence Service Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $60.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.86%. As a group, “Healthcare Facilities & Services” companies have a potential downside of 4.94%. Given The Providence Service Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe The Providence Service Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares The Providence Service Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
The Providence Service Corporation $1.61 billion $68.15 million 12.19
The Providence Service Corporation Competitors $5.43 billion $855.44 million 37.50

The Providence Service Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than The Providence Service Corporation. The Providence Service Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

The Providence Service Corporation has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Providence Service Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.01, meaning that their average share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares The Providence Service Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Providence Service Corporation 4.11% 6.94% 2.46%
The Providence Service Corporation Competitors 6.86% 0.47% 0.55%

Summary

The Providence Service Corporation peers beat The Providence Service Corporation on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About The Providence Service Corporation

The Providence Service Corporation (Providence) is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the provision of healthcare and workforce development services for public and private sector entities. The Company’s segments include Non-Emergency Transportation Services (NET Services), Workforce Development Services (WD Services) and Matrix Investment. NET Services segment includes nationwide provider of non-emergency medical transportation programs for state governments and managed care organizations. WD Services segment is a global provider of employment preparation and placement and legal offender rehabilitation services to eligible participants of government sponsored programs. Matrix Investment segment includes minority interest in nationwide provider of in-home care optimization and management solutions, including comprehensive health assessments (CHAs), to members of managed care organizations, accounted for as an equity method investment.

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