Catamaran Corp (NASDAQ: SXCI) and Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitabiliy.


This table compares Catamaran Corp and Anthem’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Catamaran Corp 1.66% 6.54% 4.25%
Anthem 3.19% 13.13% 5.01%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.7% of Anthem shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Anthem shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Catamaran Corp and Anthem, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Catamaran Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Anthem 0 10 7 0 2.41

Anthem has a consensus price target of $166.63, suggesting a potential downside of 10.98%. Given Anthem’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Anthem is more favorable than Catamaran Corp.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Catamaran Corp and Anthem’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Catamaran Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Anthem $87.08 billion 0.57 $6.01 billion $10.31 18.15

Anthem has higher revenue and earnings than Catamaran Corp.


Anthem pays an annual dividend of $2.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Catamaran Corp does not pay a dividend. Anthem pays out 25.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Anthem has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.


Anthem beats Catamaran Corp on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Catamaran Corp

Catamaran Corporation (Catamaran) is a provider of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services and healthcare information technology (HCIT) solutions to the healthcare benefit management industry. The Company operates in two segments: PBM and HCIT. The Company offers PBM services, which are marketed under the Catamaran PBM brand, and is engaged in owning and operating a network of mail and specialty pharmacies. In addition, the Company is a national provider of drug benefits to its customers under the federal government’s Medicare Part D program. The Company’s HCIT product offerings include a range of software products for managing prescription drug programs and for drug prescribing and dispensing. The Company’s customers include organizations in the pharmaceutical supply chain, such as pharmacy benefit managers, managed care organizations, self-insured employer groups, unions, third-party healthcare plan administrators, and state and federal government entities.

About Anthem

Anthem, Inc. is a health benefits company. The Company operates through three segments: Commercial and Specialty Business, Government Business and Other. It offers a spectrum of network-based managed care plans to large and small employer, individual, Medicaid and Medicare markets. Its managed care plans include preferred provider organizations; health maintenance organizations; point-of-service plans; indemnity plans and other hybrid plans, including consumer-driven health plans; and hospital only and limited benefit products. It also provides an array of managed care services to self-funded customers, including claims processing, underwriting, stop loss insurance, actuarial services, provider network access, medical cost management, disease management, wellness programs and other administrative services. It provides an array of specialty and other insurance products and services, such as dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits and radiology benefit management.

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