Navigant Consulting (NCI) and Its Rivals Critical Contrast

Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI) is one of 26 public companies in the “Management consulting services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Navigant Consulting to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Navigant Consulting and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Navigant Consulting $1.03 billion $74.95 million 19.69
Navigant Consulting Competitors $978.14 million $63.48 million 15.84

Navigant Consulting has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Navigant Consulting is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Navigant Consulting has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navigant Consulting’s peers have a beta of 0.77, suggesting that their average stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navigant Consulting 7.26% 7.96% 4.86%
Navigant Consulting Competitors -217.66% -16.58% -6.35%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.3% of Navigant Consulting shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Management consulting services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of Navigant Consulting shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Management consulting services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Navigant Consulting and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navigant Consulting 0 1 1 0 2.50
Navigant Consulting Competitors 92 316 489 16 2.47

Navigant Consulting currently has a consensus target price of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 11.84%. As a group, “Management consulting services” companies have a potential upside of 4.76%. Given Navigant Consulting’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Navigant Consulting is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Navigant Consulting beats its peers on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About Navigant Consulting

Navigant Consulting, Inc. provides professional services to corporate executives and senior management, corporate counsel, law firms, corporate boards, special committees, and governmental agencies worldwide. It operates through four segments: Healthcare; Energy; Financial Services Advisory and Compliance; and Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology. The Healthcare segment offers consulting and business process management services to healthcare providers, payers, and life sciences companies. This segment helps clients respond to market legislative changes, such as the shift to an outcome and value-based reimbursements model, ongoing industry consolidation and reorganization, Medicaid expansion, the implementation of a new electronic health records system, and product planning and commercialization expertise. The Energy segment provides advisory services to utilities, governmental agencies, manufacturers, and investors. This segment offers its clients with advisory solutions in business strategy and planning, distributed energy resources and renewables, energy efficiency and demand response, and grid modernization, as well as various benchmarking and research services. The Financial Services Advisory and Compliance segment provides strategic, operational, valuation, risk management, investigative, and compliance advisory services to clients primarily in the financial services industry, including financial and insurance institutions. This segment also offers anti-corruption solutions and anti-money laundering consulting, litigation support, and tax compliance and valuation services. The Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology segment provides professional services, including accounting, regulatory, construction, and computer forensic, as well as valuation and economic analysis. Navigant Consulting, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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