Premier (NASDAQ: PINC) and Envision Healthcare Corp (NASDAQ:AMSG) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Premier and Envision Healthcare Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Premier $1.45 billion 1.26 $440.72 million ($6.33) -5.40
Envision Healthcare Corp N/A N/A N/A $3.26 20.78

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

Profitability

This table compares Premier and Envision Healthcare Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Premier 0.66% -16.27% 10.59%
Envision Healthcare Corp 5.34% 3.18% 2.43%

Risk & Volatility

Premier has a beta of 0.46, suggesting that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Envision Healthcare Corp has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

37.8% of Premier shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.7% of Envision Healthcare Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.1% of Premier shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Envision Healthcare Corp shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Premier and Envision Healthcare Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Premier 1 1 7 0 2.67
Envision Healthcare Corp 0 1 4 0 2.80

Premier presently has a consensus target price of $39.60, suggesting a potential upside of 15.76%. Envision Healthcare Corp has a consensus target price of $87.25, suggesting a potential upside of 28.78%. Given Envision Healthcare Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Envision Healthcare Corp is more favorable than Premier.

Summary

Envision Healthcare Corp beats Premier on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Premier

Premier, Inc. is a healthcare improvement company. The Company is uniting an alliance of approximately 3,750 United States hospitals and more than 130,000 other provider organizations to transform healthcare. The Company operates healthcare group purchasing organizations and also provides integrated data and analytics, supply chain solutions, advisory services, performance improvement collaborative and other services. The Company plays a role in the healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide.

About Envision Healthcare Corp

Envision Healthcare Corporation is a provider of healthcare services. The Company offers a range clinical solutions, including physician-led services, medical transportation, ambulatory services and post-acute services. The Company operates through three segments: physician services, medical transportation and ambulatory services. The physician services segment includes the Company’s hospital-based and non-hospital-based physician services business. The medical transportation segment includes the Company’s community-based medical transportation services, including emergency 911, non-emergency, managed transportation, air ambulance and disaster response services. The ambulatory services segment includes the Company’s ambulatory surgery business, which acquires, develops, owns and operates ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and surgical hospitals in partnership with physicians and health systems.

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