Contrasting TMS International (TMS) & Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN)

TMS International (NYSE: TMS) and Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TMS International and Huron Consulting Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TMS International N/A N/A N/A $0.81 21.59
Huron Consulting Group $797.98 million 1.11 $37.61 million ($6.38) -6.29

Huron Consulting Group has higher revenue and earnings than TMS International. Huron Consulting Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TMS International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares TMS International and Huron Consulting Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TMS International N/A N/A N/A
Huron Consulting Group -17.09% 7.50% 3.83%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for TMS International and Huron Consulting Group, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TMS International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Huron Consulting Group 0 2 3 0 2.60

Huron Consulting Group has a consensus target price of $48.00, indicating a potential upside of 19.55%. Given Huron Consulting Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Huron Consulting Group is more favorable than TMS International.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.0% of Huron Consulting Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Huron Consulting Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Huron Consulting Group beats TMS International on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

TMS International Company Profile

TMS International Corp. (TMS), formerly Metal Services Acquisition Corp., is a provider of outsourced industrial services to steel mills in North America. The Company provides a range of services through two segments: Mill Services Group and Raw Material and Optimization Group. The Mill Services Group segment includes scrap management and preparation; semi-finished and finished material handling; metal recovery and slag handling, processing and sales, and surface conditioning. The Raw Material and Optimization Group segment include raw materials procurement and logistics, and software-based raw materials cost optimization. The Company is a holding company controlled by Onex, and it operates through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, including its primary operating company Tube City IMS, LLC. It operates at 74 customer sites in nine countries across North America, Europe and Latin America, and its global raw materials procurement network spans five continents.

Huron Consulting Group Company Profile

Huron Consulting Group Inc. is a global professional services firm. The Company offers solutions in operations, advisory services, technology and analytics for healthcare, higher education, life sciences and commercial sectors. The Company’s segments include Healthcare, Education and Life Sciences, and Business Advisory. Its Healthcare segment provides advisory services, from strategy setting through implementation, in the areas of organizational and resource alignment, clinical transformation, financial and operational performance, patient and caregiver engagement, and technology implementation and optimization. Its Education and Life Sciences segment provides management consulting and technology solutions to the higher education and academic medical centers, pharmaceutical and medical device, biotechnology and research industries. The Business Advisory segment’s primary service lines include Enterprise Solutions and Analytics, and Business Advisory.

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