Head to Head Analysis: Waitr (NASDAQ:WTRH) and MultiPlan (NYSE:MPLN)

Waitr (NASDAQ:WTRH) and MultiPlan (NYSE:MPLN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Waitr and MultiPlan, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Waitr 0 1 3 0 2.75
MultiPlan 0 0 2 0 3.00

Waitr currently has a consensus target price of $6.33, indicating a potential upside of 61.15%. MultiPlan has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 34.41%. Given Waitr’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Waitr is more favorable than MultiPlan.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

43.6% of Waitr shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of MultiPlan shares are held by institutional investors. 16.6% of Waitr shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Waitr and MultiPlan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Waitr -118.32% -95.68% -19.67%
MultiPlan N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Waitr and MultiPlan’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Waitr $191.68 million 2.28 -$291.31 million ($1.15) -3.42
MultiPlan N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

MultiPlan has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Waitr.

Summary

Waitr beats MultiPlan on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Waitr

Waitr Holdings Inc. provides online food ordering and delivery services in the United States. Its Waitr Platform and Bite Squad Platform facilitate ordering of food and beverages by diners from restaurant partners for pick-up and delivery through a network of drivers. As of December 31, 2019, the company had approximately 18,000 restaurant partners in 640 cities. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana.

About MultiPlan

MultiPlan Corporation provides data analytics and technology-enabled cost management solutions to the U.S. healthcare industry. The company offers analytics-based services, which reduce medical costs for consumers and payors through data-driven algorithms that detect claims anomalies; network-based services that reduce medical costs through contracted discounts with healthcare providers and include independent preferred provider organizations in the United States; and payment integrity services, which reduce medical costs by identifying and removing improper and unnecessary charges before claims are paid. Its customers include national insurance companies, Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, provider-sponsored health plans, third party administrators, bill review companies, Taft-Hartley plans, and other entities that pay medical bills in the commercial healthcare, government, workers' compensation, auto medical, and dental markets. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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