Analyzing Huron Consulting Group (HURN) and Gopher Protocol (GOPH)

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Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN) and Gopher Protocol (OTCMKTS:GOPH) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Huron Consulting Group and Gopher Protocol’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Huron Consulting Group $807.74 million 1.55 -$170.11 million $2.15 25.87
Gopher Protocol $9.19 million 13.48 -$10.28 million N/A N/A

Gopher Protocol has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Huron Consulting Group.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Huron Consulting Group and Gopher Protocol, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Huron Consulting Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
Gopher Protocol 0 0 0 0 N/A

Huron Consulting Group presently has a consensus price target of $54.33, suggesting a potential downside of 2.33%. Given Huron Consulting Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Huron Consulting Group is more favorable than Gopher Protocol.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.0% of Huron Consulting Group shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Huron Consulting Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Huron Consulting Group and Gopher Protocol’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Huron Consulting Group -2.23% 8.93% 4.40%
Gopher Protocol -118.45% -494.46% -234.65%

Summary

Huron Consulting Group beats Gopher Protocol on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Huron Consulting Group Company Profile

Huron Consulting Group Inc., a professional services firm, provides advisory, technology, and analytic solutions in the United States and internationally. Its Healthcare segment provides advisory services in the areas of strategy, care transformation, financial and operational performance, technology and analytics, and leadership development to national and regional hospitals, integrated health systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals, and medical groups. The company's Education segment offers management consulting and technology solutions related to business and technology strategy, financial management, operational and organizational effectiveness, research administration, and regulatory compliance for higher education institutions and academic medical centers. Its Business Advisory segment provides enterprise performance management, enterprise resource planning, business intelligence and analytics, customer relationship management, and data management services; and capital advisory, transaction advisory, operational improvement, restructuring and turnaround, valuation, and dispute advisory services. This segment also provides strategic solutions in the areas of R&D and product strategy commercial segmentation, corporate and financial strategy, compliance and operations, reimbursement and access strategy, commercial contracting strategy, fair market value analysis, lifecycle management, litigation and investigations, government pricing and transparency reporting, auditing and monitoring, and business process improvement. The company serves healthcare, education, pharmaceutical and medical device, financial services, energy and utilities, retail, aerospace, automotive, technology, telecommunications, consumer products, governmental, metals and mining, engineering and construction, hospitality and gaming, logistics, and manufacturing industries. Huron Consulting Group Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Gopher Protocol Company Profile

Gopher Protocol Inc., a development-stage company, engages in developing Internet of Things and artificial intelligence enabled mobile technology. Its technology consists of a smart microchip, mobile application software, and supporting software. The company also sells phones and phone card products, including PINS, SIM cards, and gift cards. The company was formerly known as Forex International Trading Corp. and changed its name to Gopher Protocol Inc. in February 2015. Gopher Protocol Inc. was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.

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