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

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gentiva Health Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Almost Family $671.16 million 1.09 $41.65 million $1.61 35.87

Almost Family has higher revenue and earnings than Gentiva Health Services.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gentiva Health Services 1.71% N/A 2.76%
Almost Family 2.59% 7.67% 4.37%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.7% of Almost Family shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.1% of Almost Family shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Gentiva Health Services and Almost Family, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gentiva Health Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Almost Family 0 2 2 0 2.50

Almost Family has a consensus target price of $60.50, indicating a potential upside of 4.76%. Given Almost Family’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Almost Family is more favorable than Gentiva Health Services.

Summary

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

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.

Almost Family Company Profile

Almost Family, Inc. is a provider of home healthcare services. The Company has two divisions: Home Health and Healthcare Innovations (HCI). The Home Health division consists of two segments: Visiting Nurse Services (VN or Visiting Nurse) and Personal Care Services (PC or Personal Care). The VN segment provides a range of Medicare-certified home health nursing services to patients in need of recuperative care, following a period of hospitalization or care in another type of inpatient facility. The PC segment provides services in patients’ homes primarily on an as-needed, hourly basis. These services include personal care, medication management, meal preparation, caregiver respite and homemaking. The HCI segment includes its developmental activity outside of the home health business platform. HCI activities include technology, information, population health management, risk-sharing, enhanced patient engagement and informed clinical decision making.

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