Head to Head Review: Humana (HUM) versus Its Peers

Humana (NYSE: HUM) is one of 14 public companies in the “Managed Health Care” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Humana to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Humana and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Humana 0 8 11 0 2.58
Humana Competitors 79 860 1413 22 2.58

Humana presently has a consensus target price of $250.50, indicating a potential upside of 3.75%. As a group, “Managed Health Care” companies have a potential upside of 1.07%. Given Humana’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Humana is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Humana and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Humana 3.37% 15.85% 5.76%
Humana Competitors 2.07% 11.39% 3.63%

Dividends

Humana pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Humana pays out 13.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Managed Health Care” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.0% and pay out 21.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Humana has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Humana has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Humana’s peers have a beta of 0.76, indicating that their average share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.1% of Humana shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.2% of shares of all “Managed Health Care” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Humana shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of shares of all “Managed Health Care” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Humana and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Humana $53.87 billion $2.66 billion 19.71
Humana Competitors $52.30 billion $3.74 billion 17.51

Humana has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Humana is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Humana beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Humana

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.

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