The Providence Service Corporation (NASDAQ: PRSC) is one of 53 public companies in the “Healthcare Facilities & Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare The Providence Service Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for The Providence Service Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Providence Service Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
The Providence Service Corporation Competitors 203 1377 1910 35 2.50

The Providence Service Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $67.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.48%. As a group, “Healthcare Facilities & Services” companies have a potential downside of 4.20%. Given The Providence Service Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe The Providence Service Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares The Providence Service Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Providence Service Corporation 4.91% 6.29% 2.63%
The Providence Service Corporation Competitors 7.54% 0.64% 0.84%

Risk and Volatility

The Providence Service Corporation has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Providence Service Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 0.88, meaning that their average stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.2% of The Providence Service Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.9% of shares of all “Healthcare Facilities & Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 18.9% of The Providence Service Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.8% of shares of all “Healthcare Facilities & Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares The Providence Service Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
The Providence Service Corporation $1.58 billion $91.92 million 9.97
The Providence Service Corporation Competitors $6.59 billion $206.42 million 375.68

The Providence Service Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than The Providence Service Corporation. The Providence Service Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

The Providence Service Corporation competitors beat The Providence Service Corporation on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

The Providence Service Corporation Company Profile

The Providence Service Corporation (Providence) is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the provision of healthcare and workforce development services for public and private sector entities. The Company’s segments include Non-Emergency Transportation Services (NET Services), Workforce Development Services (WD Services) and Matrix Investment. NET Services segment includes nationwide provider of non-emergency medical transportation programs for state governments and managed care organizations. WD Services segment is a global provider of employment preparation and placement and legal offender rehabilitation services to eligible participants of government sponsored programs. Matrix Investment segment includes minority interest in nationwide provider of in-home care optimization and management solutions, including comprehensive health assessments (CHAs), to members of managed care organizations, accounted for as an equity method investment.

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