Gartner (NYSE: IT) and Evolent Health (NYSE:EVH) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Gartner and Evolent Health, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gartner 0 2 6 0 2.75
Evolent Health 0 0 12 0 3.00

Gartner presently has a consensus price target of $138.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.23%. Evolent Health has a consensus price target of $25.33, suggesting a potential upside of 50.35%. Given Evolent Health’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Evolent Health is more favorable than Gartner.

Profitability

This table compares Gartner and Evolent Health’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gartner 0.10% 42.47% 4.83%
Evolent Health -14.05% -3.51% -2.79%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.7% of Gartner shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of Gartner shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Evolent Health shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gartner and Evolent Health’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gartner $3.31 billion 3.23 $3.27 million $3.31 35.56
Evolent Health $434.95 million 3.00 -$60.66 million ($0.70) -24.07

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

Volatility & Risk

Gartner has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Evolent Health has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Gartner beats Evolent Health on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gartner Company Profile

Gartner, Inc. operates as a research and advisory company. It operates through four segments: Research, Consulting, Events, and Talent Assessment & Other. The Research segment offers objective insights and advice on the priorities of various leaders in a range of functional areas of the enterprise through research and other reports, briefings, proprietary tools, access to our analysts, peer networking services, and membership programs that enable clients to make better decisions; and practice and talent management research insights in various business functions, such as human resources, sales, legal, and finance. This segment delivers its research, primarily through a subscription-based digital media service. The Consulting segment offers customized solutions to client needs through on-site and day-to-day support, as well as proprietary tools for measuring and improving IT performance. This segment provides solutions to CIOs, IT executives, and other professionals who are responsible for IT applications, enterprise architecture, go-to-market strategies, infrastructure and operations, program and portfolio management, and sourcing and vendor relationships; consulting services to professionals; and actionable solutions for IT cost optimization, technology modernization, and IT sourcing optimization initiatives. The Events segment offers business professionals in an organization the opportunity to learn, share, and network various events. The Talent Assessment & Other segment helps organizations to assess, engage, manage, and improve talent through knowledge and skills assessments, training programs, workshops, and survey and questionnaire services. The company has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and internationally. Gartner, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

Evolent Health Company Profile

Evolent Health, Inc., through its subsidiary, Evolent Health LLC, provides health care delivery and payment solutions in the United States. The company operates as a managed services firm that supports health systems and physician organizations in migration toward value-based care and population health management. Its services include providing customers with a population management platform, integrated data and analytics capabilities, pharmacy benefit management services, and comprehensive health plan administration services. Evolent Health, Inc. was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

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