WellCare Health Plans (NYSE: WCG) is one of 15 public companies in the “Managed Health Care” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare WellCare Health Plans to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

WellCare Health Plans has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WellCare Health Plans’ competitors have a beta of 0.62, indicating that their average share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares WellCare Health Plans and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
WellCare Health Plans $14.24 billion $242.10 million 25.16
WellCare Health Plans Competitors $50.73 billion $1.52 billion 12.06

WellCare Health Plans’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than WellCare Health Plans. WellCare Health Plans is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares WellCare Health Plans and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WellCare Health Plans 2.21% 19.42% 5.17%
WellCare Health Plans Competitors 1.81% 11.16% 3.57%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.8% of WellCare Health Plans shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.6% of shares of all “Managed Health Care” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of WellCare Health Plans shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of shares of all “Managed Health Care” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for WellCare Health Plans and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WellCare Health Plans 0 10 7 0 2.41
WellCare Health Plans Competitors 81 931 1473 24 2.57

WellCare Health Plans presently has a consensus price target of $193.43, suggesting a potential downside of 3.55%. As a group, “Managed Health Care” companies have a potential downside of 1.66%. Given WellCare Health Plans’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe WellCare Health Plans has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

WellCare Health Plans competitors beat WellCare Health Plans on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About WellCare Health Plans

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. is a managed care company. The Company focuses on government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs), to families, children, seniors and individuals with medical needs. The Company operates through three segments: Medicaid Health Plans, Medicare Health Plans and Medicare PDPs. As of December 31, 2016, it served approximately 3.9 million members in 50 states and the District of Columbia. As of December 31, 2016, it operated Medicaid health plans in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and South Carolina. As of December 31, 2016, it offered MA coordinated care plans (CCPs) in certain counties in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

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