Maximus (NYSE: MMS) is one of 98 publicly-traded companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Maximus to similar companies based off the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Maximus and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maximus 0 7 0 0 2.00
Maximus Competitors 731 2077 2662 84 2.38

Maximus presently has a consensus price target of $61.50, suggesting a potential upside of 1.45%. All “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 4.54%. Given Maximus’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Maximus is more favorable than its peers.


Maximus pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Maximus pays out 5.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.2% and pay out 27.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.2% of Maximus shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Maximus shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Maximus and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Maximus $2.45 billion $384.41 million 19.31
Maximus Competitors $1.11 billion $177.91 million -15,154.33

Maximus has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Maximus is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Maximus has a beta of 1.37, meaning that its share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Maximus’ peers have a beta of 1.12, meaning that their average share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Maximus and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maximus 8.43% 25.08% 15.44%
Maximus Competitors -129.07% -181.06% -5.92%


Maximus beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

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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