Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN) is one of 98 publicly-traded companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Huron Consulting Group to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Huron Consulting Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Huron Consulting Group -15.94% 8.83% 4.64%
Huron Consulting Group Competitors -129.10% -181.16% -5.94%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Huron Consulting Group and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Huron Consulting Group $731.79 million $112.11 million -5.54
Huron Consulting Group Competitors $1.11 billion $178.14 million 21.28

Huron Consulting Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Huron Consulting Group. Huron Consulting Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Huron Consulting Group has a beta of 0.16, meaning that its stock price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Huron Consulting Group’s peers have a beta of 1.12, meaning that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.5% of Huron Consulting Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Huron Consulting Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned 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 breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Huron Consulting Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Huron Consulting Group 0 2 2 0 2.50
Huron Consulting Group Competitors 735 2086 2674 84 2.38

As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 1.87%. Given Huron Consulting Group’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Huron Consulting Group has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Huron Consulting Group peers beat Huron Consulting Group on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

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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