Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) and Magellan Health (NASDAQ:MGLN) are both mid-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Dividends

Anthem pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Magellan Health does not pay a dividend. Anthem pays out 26.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Magellan Health has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Anthem and Magellan Health, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Anthem 0 8 9 0 2.53
Magellan Health 1 0 3 0 2.50

Anthem currently has a consensus target price of $186.19, indicating a potential downside of 3.74%. Magellan Health has a consensus target price of $79.75, indicating a potential downside of 9.27%. Given Anthem’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Anthem is more favorable than Magellan Health.

Profitability

This table compares Anthem and Magellan Health’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Anthem 3.24% 12.93% 4.96%
Magellan Health 1.59% 8.88% 4.08%

Risk & Volatility

Anthem has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Magellan Health has a beta of 0.58, meaning that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Anthem and Magellan Health’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Anthem $88.03 billion 0.58 $5.75 billion $10.56 18.32
Magellan Health $5.28 billion 0.39 $242.58 million $3.53 24.90

Anthem has higher revenue and earnings than Magellan Health. Anthem is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Magellan Health, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.7% of Anthem shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.5% of Magellan Health shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Anthem shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Magellan Health shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Anthem beats Magellan Health on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Anthem

Anthem, Inc. is a health benefits company. The Company operates through three segments: Commercial and Specialty Business, Government Business and Other. It offers a spectrum of network-based managed care plans to large and small employer, individual, Medicaid and Medicare markets. Its managed care plans include preferred provider organizations; health maintenance organizations; point-of-service plans; indemnity plans and other hybrid plans, including consumer-driven health plans; and hospital only and limited benefit products. It also provides an array of managed care services to self-funded customers, including claims processing, underwriting, stop loss insurance, actuarial services, provider network access, medical cost management, disease management, wellness programs and other administrative services. It provides an array of specialty and other insurance products and services, such as dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits and radiology benefit management.

About Magellan Health

Magellan Health, Inc. is engaged in the healthcare management business. The Company’s segments include Healthcare, Pharmacy Management and Corporate. It is focused on managing special populations, complete pharmacy benefits and other specialty areas of healthcare. Its Healthcare includes its management of behavioral healthcare services and employee assistance program (EAP) services, management of other specialty areas, including diagnostic imaging and musculoskeletal management, and the integrated management of physical, behavioral and pharmaceutical healthcare for special populations, delivered through Magellan Complete Care (MCC). Its Pharmacy Management segment consists of products and solutions that provide clinical and financial management of pharmaceuticals paid under medical and pharmacy benefit programs. Its Corporate segment consists primarily of operational support functions. It provides services to health plans and other managed care organizations (MCOs).

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