Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED) and Gentiva Health Services (NASDAQ:GTIV) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitabiliy, risk and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Amedisys and Gentiva Health Services’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amedisys $1.44 billion 1.44 $95.50 million $1.36 45.11
Gentiva Health Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Amedisys has higher revenue and earnings than Gentiva Health Services.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Amedisys and Gentiva Health Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amedisys 0 3 5 0 2.63
Gentiva Health Services 0 0 0 0 N/A

Amedisys currently has a consensus target price of $58.29, suggesting a potential downside of 4.99%. Given Amedisys’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Amedisys is more favorable than Gentiva Health Services.

Profitability

This table compares Amedisys and Gentiva Health Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amedisys 3.16% 12.60% 7.84%
Gentiva Health Services 1.71% N/A 2.76%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.7% of Amedisys shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Amedisys shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Amedisys beats Gentiva Health Services on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Amedisys Company Profile

Amedisys, Inc. is a healthcare services company. The Company’s segments are Home Health, Hospice, Personal Care and Other. The Company is a provider of home health, hospice and personal care services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 327 Medicare-certified home healthcare centers, 79 Medicare-certified hospice care centers and 14 personal-care care centers in 34 states within the United States and the District of Columbia. The Company’s Home Health segment provides compassionate healthcare to help its patients recover from surgery or illness, live with chronic diseases, and prevent avoidable hospital readmissions. The Hospice segment provides support for those who are dealing with a terminal illness. The Personal care segment provides patients with assistance with the essential activities of daily living.

Gentiva Health Services Company Profile

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. is engaged in providing home health services and hospice services. The Company provides home health and hospice services to more than 350,000 patients from more than 420 community locations. Its full range of clinical services includes: skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech-language therapy, cardiac and pulmonary care, neurorehabilitation, wound care, disease and pain management, medication management and education, patient education to promote self-management, treatment for balance problems that can lead to fall risks and hospice services. The Company’s Hospice segment serves terminally ill patients and their families through more than 150 locations operating in 29 states. Hospice operations are also organized in a single division, which is staffed with clinical, operational, human resource, finance and sales teams.

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