Head to Head Survey: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology (HMHC) vs. Its Rivals

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology (NASDAQ: HMHC) is one of 304 publicly-traded companies in the “BUSINESS SERVICES” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk and dividends.

Profitability

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This table compares Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology -7.34% -18.00% -5.33%
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology Competitors -158.38% -95.29% -3.28%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology $1.41 billion -$103.18 million -8.57
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology Competitors $3.01 billion $232.83 million 31.14

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology’s rivals have a beta of 1.01, meaning that their average share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

57.5% of shares of all “BUSINESS SERVICES” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.1% of shares of all “BUSINESS SERVICES” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology 0 4 1 0 2.20
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology Competitors 1128 5276 7878 223 2.50

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology presently has a consensus price target of $12.10, indicating a potential upside of 68.06%. As a group, “BUSINESS SERVICES” companies have a potential upside of 11.19%. Given Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology rivals beat Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology Company Profile

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, a learning company, provides content, services, and technology solutions for educational institutions and consumers worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Education and Trade Publishing. The Education segment provides educational products, technology platforms, and services, including print and digital content in the form of textbooks, digital courseware, instructional aids, educational assessment, and intervention solutions for students. The Trade Publishing segment primarily develops, markets, and sells consumer books in print and digital formats, as well as licenses book rights to other publishers and electronic businesses; and trade and reference materials, such as adult and children's fiction and non-fiction books to schools, colleges, libraries, office supply distributors, and other businesses. This segment distributes products through retail stores comprising physical and online, and wholesalers. The company was formerly known as HMH Holdings (Delaware), Inc. and changed its name to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company in October 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company was founded in 1832 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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