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

Profitability

This table compares WellCare Health Plans and its rivals’ 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 1.45% 5.07% 2.33%

Volatility and Risk

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for WellCare Health Plans and its rivals, as provided 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 79 880 1442 23 2.58

WellCare Health Plans presently has a consensus price target of $180.93, indicating a potential downside of 2.73%. As a group, “Managed Health Care” companies have a potential downside of 3.56%. Given WellCare Health Plans’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe WellCare Health Plans is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.4% 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 company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of shares of all “Managed Health Care” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
WellCare Health Plans $15.36 billion $623.20 million 32.69
WellCare Health Plans Competitors $52.70 billion $3.80 billion 18.33

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

Summary

WellCare Health Plans beats its rivals 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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