Contrasting National Research (NRCIB) and Charles River Laboratories (CRL)

National Research (NASDAQ: NRCIB) and Charles River Laboratories (NYSE:CRL) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Dividends

National Research pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Charles River Laboratories does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares National Research and Charles River Laboratories’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Research 19.52% 27.45% 19.09%
Charles River Laboratories 6.78% 24.96% 9.02%

Risk and Volatility

National Research has a beta of 0.39, indicating that its share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Charles River Laboratories has a beta of 0.69, indicating that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.5% of National Research shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 100.0% of Charles River Laboratories shares are held by institutional investors. 39.1% of National Research shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of Charles River Laboratories shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares National Research and Charles River Laboratories’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National Research $117.56 million 11.05 $22.94 million N/A N/A
Charles River Laboratories $1.86 billion 2.71 $123.35 million $5.27 19.92

Charles River Laboratories has higher revenue and earnings than National Research.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for National Research and Charles River Laboratories, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Research 0 0 0 0 N/A
Charles River Laboratories 0 7 6 0 2.46

Charles River Laboratories has a consensus target price of $115.77, suggesting a potential upside of 10.26%. Given Charles River Laboratories’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Charles River Laboratories is more favorable than National Research.

Summary

National Research beats Charles River Laboratories on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About National Research

National Research Corporation provides analytics and insights that facilitate measurement and enhancement of the patient and employee experience in the United States and Canada. Its portfolio of subscription-based solutions provide actionable information and analysis to healthcare organizations and payers across a range of mission-critical, constituent-related elements, including patient experience, satisfaction, community population health risks, workforce engagement, community perceptions, and physician engagement. The company offers market insights solutions that allow the tracking of awareness, perception, and consistency of healthcare brands; assessment of competitive differentiators; and enhanced segmentation tools to evaluate needs, wants, and behaviors of communities through real-time competitive assessments and enhanced segmentation tools. It also provides experience solutions, such as patient and resident experience, workforce engagement, health risk assessments, transitions, and improvement tools. The company offers transitions solutions, which enable organizations to identify and manage high-risk patients to reduce readmissions, increase patient satisfaction and support safe care transitions; and risk assessment solutions that enable clients to segment populations and manage care for those who are most at risk, engage individuals, enhance preventative care, and manage wellness programs. It provides transparency solutions that allow healthcare organizations to share picture of their organization and ensure content informs in consumer decision-making; and governance solutions for not-for-profit hospital and health system boards of directors, executives, and physician leadership. The company serves integrated health systems and post-acute providers, such as home health, long term care, hospice, and payer organizations. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska.

About Charles River Laboratories

Charles River Laboratories International, Inc., an early-stage contract research company, provides drug discovery, non-clinical development, and safety testing services worldwide. It operates through three segments: Research Models and Services (RMS), Discovery and Safety Assessment (DSA), and Manufacturing Support (Manufacturing). The RMS segment produces and sells research model strains primarily genetically and microbiologically defined purpose-bred rats and mice for use by researchers. This segment also provides a range of services to assist its clients in supporting the use of research models in research and screening non-clinical drug candidates comprising genetically engineered models and services, insourcing solutions, and research animal diagnostic services. The DSA segment offers early and in vivo discovery services for the identification of a druggable target through delivery of non-clinical drug and therapeutic candidates ready for safety assessment; and safety assessment services, which comprise bioanalysis, pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, toxicology, and pathology services. The Manufacturing segment provides in vitro methods for conventional and rapid quality control testing of sterile and non-sterile biopharmaceuticals, and consumer products. It also offers specialized testing of biologics and devices that are outsourced by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies; and avian vaccine services that provide specific-pathogen-free fertile chicken eggs, SPF chickens, and diagnostic products used to manufacture vaccines. The company serves pharmaceutical and biotechnology, agricultural and chemical, life science and veterinary medicine, and medical device companies; and contract research and contract manufacturing organizations, diagnostic and other commercial entities, hospitals, academic institutions, and government agencies. Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

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