Comparing Huron Consulting Group (HURN) and Information Services Group (III)

Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN) and Information Services Group (NASDAQ:III) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Huron Consulting Group and Information Services Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Huron Consulting Group 2.13% 3.18% 1.53%
Information Services Group -2.97% -4.66% -1.21%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.7% of Huron Consulting Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.7% of Information Services Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Huron Consulting Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of Information Services Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Huron Consulting Group has a beta of 0.12, meaning that its share price is 88% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Information Services Group has a beta of 0.38, meaning that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Huron Consulting Group and Information Services Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Huron Consulting Group $797.98 million 1.16 $37.61 million ($6.38) -6.56
Information Services Group $216.50 million 0.87 -$6.50 million ($0.21) -20.67

Huron Consulting Group has higher revenue and earnings than Information Services Group. Information Services Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Huron Consulting Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Huron Consulting Group and Information Services Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Huron Consulting Group 0 2 3 0 2.60
Information Services Group 0 0 2 0 3.00

Huron Consulting Group currently has a consensus target price of $48.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.70%. Information Services Group has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 49.77%. Given Information Services Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Information Services Group is more favorable than Huron Consulting Group.

Summary

Huron Consulting Group beats Information Services Group on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Huron Consulting Group

Huron Consulting Group Inc. is a global professional services firm. The Company offers solutions in operations, advisory services, technology and analytics for healthcare, higher education, life sciences and commercial sectors. The Company’s segments include Healthcare, Education and Life Sciences, and Business Advisory. Its Healthcare segment provides advisory services, from strategy setting through implementation, in the areas of organizational and resource alignment, clinical transformation, financial and operational performance, patient and caregiver engagement, and technology implementation and optimization. Its Education and Life Sciences segment provides management consulting and technology solutions to the higher education and academic medical centers, pharmaceutical and medical device, biotechnology and research industries. The Business Advisory segment’s primary service lines include Enterprise Solutions and Analytics, and Business Advisory.

About Information Services Group

Information Services Group, Inc. is a technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company. The Company operates in the segment of fact-based sourcing advisory services. It supports private and public sector organizations to transform and optimize their operational environments through research, benchmarking, consulting and managed services with a focus on information technology, business process transformation, program management services and enterprise resource planning. It offers service lines, including research, consulting, managed services, network carrier services, robotic process automation (RPA), outsourcing advisory and provider services. It specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; technology strategy and operations design; change management, and technology research and analysis.

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