Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC) and Five Star Senior Living (NYSE:FVE) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitabiliy and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.5% of Envision Healthcare Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Envision Healthcare Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Envision Healthcare Corporation and Five Star Senior Living, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Envision Healthcare Corporation 0 2 10 1 2.92
Five Star Senior Living 0 0 2 0 3.00

Envision Healthcare Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $71.50, suggesting a potential upside of 23.90%. Five Star Senior Living has a consensus target price of $3.88, suggesting a potential upside of 127.94%. Given Five Star Senior Living’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Five Star Senior Living is more favorable than Envision Healthcare Corporation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Envision Healthcare Corporation and Five Star Senior Living’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Envision Healthcare Corporation $4.85 billion 1.38 $913.40 million ($4.19) -13.77
Five Star Senior Living $1.13 billion 0.08 $17.06 million ($0.84) -2.02

Envision Healthcare Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Five Star Senior Living. Envision Healthcare Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Five Star Senior Living, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Envision Healthcare Corporation has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Five Star Senior Living has a beta of 1.78, meaning that its share price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Envision Healthcare Corporation and Five Star Senior Living’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Envision Healthcare Corporation -9.16% 5.75% 2.41%
Five Star Senior Living -1.97% -16.89% -5.48%

Summary

Envision Healthcare Corporation beats Five Star Senior Living on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Envision Healthcare Corporation Company Profile

Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc., formerly CDRT Holding Corporation, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, provides physician-led medical services in the United States. It operates in two segments: EmCare Holdings, Inc. (EmCare) and American Medical Response, Inc. (AMR). Its EmCare segment is a provider of integrated facility-based and post-acute care physician services to healthcare facilities in the United States. Its AMR segment has developed a network of ambulance services and other healthcare transportation services in the United States. It provides Emergency Department (ED) physician services to hospitals and other facilities. Its hospitalist services include inpatient physician services. It provides anesthesiology services to hospitals, free-standing ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices. It provides radiology, including tele-radiology services to hospitals. It offers management, oversight and surgeon staffing for trauma surgery services.

Five Star Senior Living Company Profile

Five Star Senior Living Inc., formerly Five Star Quality Care, Inc., operates senior living communities, including independent living communities, assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The Company’s segments include senior living communities and rehabilitation and wellness. In the senior living communities segment, the Company operates for its own account or manage for the account of others independent living communities, assisted living communities and SNFs that are subject to centralized oversight and provide housing and services to elderly residents. In the rehabilitation and wellness segment, the Company provides services in the inpatient setting and in outpatient clinics. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 283 senior living communities located in 32 states with 31,830 living units, including 253 primarily independent and assisted living communities with 29,229 living units and 30 SNFs with 2,601 living units.

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