eHealth (EHTH) versus The Competition Head-To-Head Analysis

eHealth (NASDAQ: EHTH) is one of 150 public companies in the “INSURANCE” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare eHealth to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for eHealth and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
eHealth 0 2 3 0 2.60
eHealth Competitors 930 3950 4492 215 2.42

eHealth presently has a consensus target price of $25.00, indicating a potential upside of 74.09%. As a group, “INSURANCE” companies have a potential upside of 1.54%. Given eHealth’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe eHealth is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
eHealth -14.74% -27.04% -21.23%
eHealth Competitors 4.12% 3.23% 0.91%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
eHealth $172.35 million -$25.41 million -10.56
eHealth Competitors $15.88 billion $1.31 billion 8.92

eHealth’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than eHealth. eHealth 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.

Volatility & Risk

eHealth has a beta of 1.69, indicating that its share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, eHealth’s peers have a beta of 0.94, indicating that their average share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.7% of eHealth shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.4% of shares of all “INSURANCE” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of eHealth shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.2% of shares of all “INSURANCE” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

eHealth peers beat eHealth on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About eHealth

eHealth, Inc. provides a private online source of health insurance for individuals, families and small businesses. The Company is the parent company of eHealthInsurance, a private health insurance exchange where individuals, families and small businesses can compare health insurance products from various insurers side-by-side, and purchase and enroll in coverage online through its Websites (www.eHealth.com, www.eHealthInsurance.com, www.eHealthMedicare.com, www.Medicare.com and www.PlanPrescriber.com) or telephonically through its customer care centers. The Company also offers various online and pharmacy-based tools to help seniors navigate Medicare health insurance options, choose the right plan, and enroll in plans online or telephonically. It markets the availability of individual and family, small business and ancillary health insurance plans of various insurance carriers through its e-commerce platforms (www.eHealth.com and www.eHealthInsurance.com).

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