Health Insurance Innovations (HIIQ) vs. Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) Head to Head Contrast

Health Insurance Innovations (NASDAQ: HIIQ) and Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:MMC) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Health Insurance Innovations and Marsh & McLennan Companies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Health Insurance Innovations 0 0 7 0 3.00
Marsh & McLennan Companies 0 4 5 0 2.56

Health Insurance Innovations currently has a consensus target price of $45.66, suggesting a potential upside of 57.71%. Marsh & McLennan Companies has a consensus target price of $89.67, suggesting a potential upside of 11.08%. Given Health Insurance Innovations’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Health Insurance Innovations is more favorable than Marsh & McLennan Companies.

Profitability

This table compares Health Insurance Innovations and Marsh & McLennan Companies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Health Insurance Innovations 7.14% 21.27% 13.30%
Marsh & McLennan Companies 10.64% 28.80% 10.36%

Risk & Volatility

Health Insurance Innovations has a beta of 0.41, meaning that its share price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marsh & McLennan Companies has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Health Insurance Innovations and Marsh & McLennan Companies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Health Insurance Innovations $250.48 million 1.92 $17.88 million $1.20 24.13
Marsh & McLennan Companies $14.02 billion 2.92 $1.49 billion $3.92 20.59

Marsh & McLennan Companies has higher revenue and earnings than Health Insurance Innovations. Marsh & McLennan Companies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Health Insurance Innovations, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.2% of Health Insurance Innovations shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.8% of Marsh & McLennan Companies shares are held by institutional investors. 30.0% of Health Insurance Innovations shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Marsh & McLennan Companies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Marsh & McLennan Companies pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Health Insurance Innovations does not pay a dividend. Marsh & McLennan Companies pays out 38.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Marsh & McLennan Companies has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Summary

Marsh & McLennan Companies beats Health Insurance Innovations on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Health Insurance Innovations

Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. operates as a cloud-based technology platform and distributor of individual and family health insurance plans, and supplemental products in the United States. It offers short-term medical plans that provides three months of health insurance coverage with various deductible and copay levels; health benefit insurance plans, which offer daily cash benefit for hospital treatment and doctor office visits, as well as accidental injury and death or dismemberment benefits; and supplemental insurance products, including pharmacy benefit cards, dental plans, vision plans, cancer/critical illness plans, deductible and gap protection plans, and life insurance policies. The company designs and structures individual and family health insurance plans, and supplemental products in concert with insurance carriers and discount benefit providers; and market them to individuals through a network of distributors. Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is based in Tampa, Florida.

About Marsh & McLennan Companies

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services firm, provides advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and people worldwide. It operates in two segments, Risk and Insurance Services, and Consulting. The Risk and Insurance Services segment offers risk management services, such as risk advice, risk transfer, and risk control and mitigation solutions, as well as insurance, reinsurance broking, catastrophe and financial modeling, and related advisory services. This segment serves businesses, public entities, insurance companies, associations, professional services organizations, and private clients. The Consulting segment provides health, retirement, talent, and investments consulting services and products; and specialized management, and economic and brand consulting services. The company was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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