Humana (NYSE: HUM) and Molina Healthcare (NYSE:MOH) are both mid-cap healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Humana and Molina Healthcare, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Humana currently has a consensus price target of $253.11, indicating a potential downside of 2.26%. Molina Healthcare has a consensus price target of $62.50, indicating a potential downside of 6.91%. Given Humana’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Humana is more favorable than Molina Healthcare.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Humana and Molina Healthcare’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Humana has higher revenue and earnings than Molina Healthcare. Molina Healthcare is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Humana, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Humana and Molina Healthcare’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Volatility and Risk
Humana has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Molina Healthcare has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Humana pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Molina Healthcare does not pay a dividend. Humana pays out 13.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Humana has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
95.5% of Humana shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.3% of Molina Healthcare shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Humana shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Molina Healthcare 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.
Humana beats Molina Healthcare on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
Humana Inc. is a health and well-being company. The Company’s segments include Retail, Group and Specialty, Healthcare Services and Individual Commercial. The Retail segment consists of Medicare benefits, as well as individual commercial fully insured medical and specialty health insurance benefits, including dental, vision, and other supplemental health and financial protection products. The Group and Specialty segment consists of employer group commercial fully insured medical and specialty health insurance benefits, including dental, vision, and other supplemental health. The Healthcare Services segment includes services offered to its health plan members, as well as to third parties, including pharmacy solutions, provider services, home-based services and clinical programs, as well as services and capabilities to manage population health. The Individual Commercial segment includes Individual Commercial products marketed under the HumanaOne brand.
About Molina Healthcare
Molina Healthcare, Inc. offers Medicaid-related solutions for low-income families and individuals, and assists government agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program. The Company operates through three segments: Health Plans, Molina Medicaid Solutions and Other, which includes its Pathways Health and Community Support LLC (Pathways) business. It arranges healthcare services for persons served by Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Marketplace, and products to assist government agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s Health Plans segment consisted of health plans in 12 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and its direct delivery business. The Molina Medicaid Solutions segment provides support to state government agencies in the administration of their Medicaid programs, including business processing, information technology development, and administrative services.
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