Financial Analysis: National Research (NRC) versus Its Rivals

National Research (NASDAQ: NRC) is one of 33 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial physical research” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare National Research to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

35.5% of National Research shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.2% of shares of all “Commercial physical research” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.5% of National Research shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of shares of all “Commercial physical research” 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for National Research and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Research 0 1 0 0 2.00
National Research Competitors 178 742 1559 73 2.60

As a group, “Commercial physical research” companies have a potential upside of 13.55%. Given National Research’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe National Research has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares National Research and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
National Research $119.69 million $30.05 million 61.56
National Research Competitors $1.17 billion $41.39 million 16.79

National Research’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than National Research. National Research is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

National Research pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. National Research pays out 73.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial physical research” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.2% and pay out 73.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

National Research has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Research’s rivals have a beta of 3.40, meaning that their average share price is 240% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares National Research and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Research 24.59% 126.68% 28.37%
National Research Competitors -372.50% -16.19% -14.50%

Summary

National Research rivals beat National Research on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

National Research Company Profile

National Research Corporation (NRC) is a provider of analytics and insights that facilitate revenue growth, patient, employee and customer retention and patient engagement for healthcare providers, payers and other healthcare organizations. The Company’s portfolio of subscription-based solutions provides information and analysis to healthcare organizations and payers across a range of mission-critical, constituent-related elements, including patient experience and satisfaction, community population health risks, workforce engagement, community perceptions, and physician engagement. The Company’s clients range from acute care hospitals and post-acute providers, such as home health, long term care and hospice, to numerous payer organizations. The Company derives its revenue from its annually renewable services, which include performance measurement and improvement services, healthcare analytics and governance education services.

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