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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for WellCare Health Plans and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WellCare Health Plans 0 9 7 0 2.44
WellCare Health Plans Competitors 79 874 1438 22 2.58

WellCare Health Plans currently has a consensus price target of $180.93, indicating a potential upside of 1.88%. As a group, “Managed Health Care” companies have a potential upside of 0.25%. Given WellCare Health Plans’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe WellCare Health Plans is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares WellCare Health Plans and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
WellCare Health Plans $15.36 billion $623.20 million 31.21
WellCare Health Plans Competitors $52.70 billion $3.80 billion 17.82

WellCare Health Plans’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than WellCare Health Plans. WellCare Health Plans 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.1% of WellCare Health Plans shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.3% of shares of all “Managed Health Care” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of WellCare Health Plans shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of shares of all “Managed Health Care” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WellCare Health Plans 1.66% 14.91% 4.12%
WellCare Health Plans Competitors 1.72% 10.53% 3.42%

Risk and Volatility

WellCare Health Plans has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WellCare Health Plans’ peers have a beta of 0.76, meaning that their average stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

WellCare Health Plans peers beat WellCare Health Plans on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

WellCare Health Plans Company Profile

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. is a managed care company. The Company focuses on government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs), to families, children, seniors and individuals with medical needs. The Company operates through three segments: Medicaid Health Plans, Medicare Health Plans and Medicare PDPs. As of December 31, 2016, it served approximately 3.9 million members in 50 states and the District of Columbia. As of December 31, 2016, it operated Medicaid health plans in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and South Carolina. As of December 31, 2016, it offered MA coordinated care plans (CCPs) in certain counties in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

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