Critical Review: Press Ganey Holdings (PGND) versus HealthEquity (NASDAQ:HQY)

Press Ganey Holdings (NYSE: PGND) and HealthEquity (NASDAQ:HQY) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, profitabiliy, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Press Ganey Holdings and HealthEquity, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Press Ganey Holdings 0 3 0 0 2.00
HealthEquity 0 1 11 0 2.92

Press Ganey Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $40.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.00%. HealthEquity has a consensus price target of $49.75, suggesting a potential upside of 7.82%. Given HealthEquity’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe HealthEquity is more favorable than Press Ganey Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Press Ganey Holdings and HealthEquity’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Press Ganey Holdings 8.69% 5.46% 3.34%
HealthEquity 17.04% 11.61% 11.06%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.9% of Press Ganey Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.3% of HealthEquity shares are held by institutional investors. 5.1% of Press Ganey Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 29.0% of HealthEquity shares are held 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.

Risk & Volatility

Press Ganey Holdings has a beta of 0.99, meaning that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HealthEquity has a beta of 1.73, meaning that its stock price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Press Ganey Holdings and HealthEquity’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Press Ganey Holdings N/A N/A N/A $0.51 79.41
HealthEquity $189.78 million 14.58 $57.61 million $0.54 85.44

HealthEquity has higher revenue and earnings than Press Ganey Holdings. Press Ganey Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than HealthEquity, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

HealthEquity beats Press Ganey Holdings on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Press Ganey Holdings

Press Ganey Holdings, Inc. is a provider of patient experience and caregiver measurement, performance analytics and strategic advisory solutions for healthcare organizations. The Company provides its clients with a digital platform that captures the perspectives of patients, physicians, nurses and other healthcare employees and enables its clients to benchmark, analyze and manage the patient and caregiver experience. Its solutions include Patient Experience Solutions, which include Patient experience measurement, insights and advisory services; Caregiver Engagement Solutions, which include Physician, nurse and employee engagement measurement, insights and advisory services; Clinical and Quality Solutions, which include nursing quality indicators, patient reported outcome measures, core measures and eMeasures, and Consulting Solutions, which include patient safety and care reliability, patient experience improvement, process flow, advanced analytics and insights and cultural alignment.

About HealthEquity

HealthEquity, Inc. provides a range of solutions for managing healthcare accounts (Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)) for health plans, insurance companies and third-party administrators. The Company is engaged in technology-enabled services platforms that allow consumers to make healthcare saving and spending decisions. Its platform provides an ecosystem where consumers can access their tax-advantaged healthcare savings, compare treatment options and pricing, evaluate and pay healthcare bills, receive personalized benefit and clinical information, earn wellness incentives and make educated investment choices to help in their tax-advantaged healthcare savings. Its products and services include healthcare saving and spending platform, health savings accounts, investment advisory services, reimbursement arrangements and healthcare incentives. Its ecosystem primarily consists of HSA.

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