Comparing Huron Consulting Group (HURN) & MAXIMUS (MMS)

Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN) and MAXIMUS (NYSE:MMS) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Huron Consulting Group and MAXIMUS, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Huron Consulting Group 0 2 3 0 2.60
MAXIMUS 0 5 0 0 2.00

Huron Consulting Group presently has a consensus price target of $48.00, suggesting a potential upside of 19.85%. MAXIMUS has a consensus price target of $62.60, suggesting a potential downside of 11.87%. Given Huron Consulting Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Huron Consulting Group is more favorable than MAXIMUS.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Huron Consulting Group -17.09% 7.50% 3.83%
MAXIMUS 8.54% 23.97% 15.63%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.6% of Huron Consulting Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.8% of MAXIMUS shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Huron Consulting Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.1% of MAXIMUS shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

MAXIMUS pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Huron Consulting Group does not pay a dividend. MAXIMUS pays out 5.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Huron Consulting Group and MAXIMUS’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 1.11 $37.61 million ($6.38) -6.28
MAXIMUS $2.45 billion 1.89 $209.42 million $3.17 22.41

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

Risk & Volatility

Huron Consulting Group has a beta of 0.12, meaning that its share price is 88% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MAXIMUS has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

MAXIMUS beats Huron Consulting Group on 12 of the 16 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 MAXIMUS

MAXIMUS, Inc. provides business process services (BPS) to government health and human services agencies. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Federal Services, Health Services and Human Services. The U.S. Federal Services segment provides BPS and program management for large government programs, independent health review and appeals services for both the United States Federal Government, and state-based programs and technology solutions for civilian federal programs. The Health Services segment provides a range of BPS, as well as related consulting services, for state, provincial and national government programs. The Human Services segment provides national, state and local human services agencies with a range of BPS and related consulting services for welfare-to-work, child support, higher education and K-12 special education programs.

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