Reviewing The Providence Service (PRSC) & Yatra Online (YTRA)

The Providence Service (NASDAQ: PRSC) and Yatra Online (NASDAQ:YTRA) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

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The Providence Service has a beta of 0.8, indicating that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Yatra Online has a beta of -1.58, indicating that its share price is 258% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares The Providence Service and Yatra Online’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Providence Service 2.58% 7.53% 3.24%
Yatra Online -38.96% -363.93% -25.67%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for The Providence Service and Yatra Online, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Providence Service 0 0 1 0 3.00
Yatra Online 0 0 5 0 3.00

The Providence Service currently has a consensus target price of $67.00, indicating a potential downside of 6.61%. Yatra Online has a consensus target price of $14.36, indicating a potential upside of 108.42%. Given Yatra Online’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Yatra Online is more favorable than The Providence Service.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.7% of The Providence Service shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.4% of Yatra Online shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.9% of The Providence Service shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares The Providence Service and Yatra Online’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Providence Service $1.62 billion 0.57 $53.36 million $1.65 43.48
Yatra Online $144.39 million 1.38 -$91.18 million ($1.03) -6.69

The Providence Service has higher revenue and earnings than Yatra Online. Yatra Online is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than The Providence Service, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

The Providence Service beats Yatra Online on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

The Providence Service Company Profile

The Providence Service Corporation (Providence) is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the provision of healthcare and workforce development services for public and private sector entities. The Company’s segments include Non-Emergency Transportation Services (NET Services), Workforce Development Services (WD Services) and Matrix Investment. NET Services segment includes nationwide provider of non-emergency medical transportation programs for state governments and managed care organizations. WD Services segment is a global provider of employment preparation and placement and legal offender rehabilitation services to eligible participants of government sponsored programs. Matrix Investment segment includes minority interest in nationwide provider of in-home care optimization and management solutions, including comprehensive health assessments (CHAs), to members of managed care organizations, accounted for as an equity method investment.

Yatra Online Company Profile

Yatra Online, Inc. operates as an online travel agent company in India. The company provides travel-related services, including domestic and international air ticketing, hotel bookings, homestays, holiday packages, bus ticketing, rail ticketing, and activities and ancillary services for leisure and business travelers. It offers its services through its Website, yatra.com. The company also provides its services through mobile applications that comprise Yatra, a mobile interface; Yatra Mini, a multi-lingual, mass-market Android application that provides customers with ready access to rail and bus bookings, as well as budget hotels; Yatra Web Check-In, an application for flight check-in process for travelers; Yatra Corporate, a self-booking application for business customers; Travelguru HomeStay, an application that connects homeowners and travelers to facilitate homestay booking; and Yatra Hoteliers DESTranet, an application for hotel owners and operators to update and manage their inventories, rates, and check-in process. It serves approximately 4.3 million customers. The company was incorporated in 2005 and is headquartered in Gurgaon, India.

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