Maximus (NYSE: MMS) is one of 98 public companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Maximus to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Maximus and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maximus 0 7 0 0 2.00
Maximus Competitors 735 2089 2675 84 2.38

Maximus currently has a consensus target price of $61.50, suggesting a potential downside of 2.83%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 2.44%. Given Maximus’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Maximus has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility & Risk

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

Profitability

This table compares Maximus and its rivals’ 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 -129.10% -181.16% -5.94%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.2% of Maximus shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.9% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Maximus shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds 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%. 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 1.1% and pay out 27.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Maximus $2.45 billion $384.41 million 20.16
Maximus Competitors $1.11 billion $178.14 million 21.32

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

Summary

Maximus beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Maximus Company Profile

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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