Magellan Health (MGLN) versus Molina Healthcare (NYSE:MOH) Critical Review

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Molina Healthcare -1.76% 17.76% 3.40%
Magellan Health 1.68% 9.20% 4.21%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Molina Healthcare and Magellan Health, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Molina Healthcare 3 6 5 0 2.14
Magellan Health 1 0 3 0 2.50

Molina Healthcare currently has a consensus target price of $64.71, indicating a potential downside of 15.85%. Magellan Health has a consensus target price of $81.25, indicating a potential downside of 2.46%. Given Magellan Health’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Magellan Health is more favorable than Molina Healthcare.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.9% of Molina Healthcare shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.3% of Magellan Health shares are held by institutional investors. 6.2% of Molina Healthcare shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Magellan Health shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Molina Healthcare and Magellan Health’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Molina Healthcare $17.71 billion 0.25 $52.00 million ($6.07) -12.67
Magellan Health $4.84 billion 0.41 $77.87 million $3.79 21.98

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

Risk & Volatility

Molina Healthcare has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Magellan Health has a beta of 0.55, indicating that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

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.

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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