Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) and Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, risk, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Community Health Systems has a beta of 1.68, indicating that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

12.7% of Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.5% of Community Health Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.6% of Community Health Systems 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.

Profitability

This table compares Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited and Community Health Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited N/A N/A N/A
Community Health Systems -10.77% 1.79% 0.15%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited and Community Health Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited 0 0 0 0 N/A
Community Health Systems 4 11 1 0 1.81

Community Health Systems has a consensus target price of $8.45, indicating a potential downside of 8.88%. Given Community Health Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Community Health Systems is more favorable than Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited and Community Health Systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited $67.50 million 2.59 $3.01 million ($0.67) -5.97
Community Health Systems $17.92 billion 0.06 $1.90 billion ($17.40) -0.53

Community Health Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited. Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Community Health Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Community Health Systems beats Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited Company Profile

Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited is engaged in the leasing of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging equipment, the provision of management services to hospitals. The Company is also engaged in hospital operations. The Company’s segments are network and premium cancer hospital. The Company operates a network of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging centers in China. Its network consists of approximately 130 cooperative centers based in over 70 hospitals, spanning approximately 60 cities across 25 provinces and administrative regions in China. Its network includes approximately 60 radiotherapy centers and over 60 diagnostic imaging centers and approximately seven centers. The Company’s cooperative centers are equipped with a primary unit of medical equipment, such as a linear accelerator, head gamma knife system, body gamma knife system, positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) scanner or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.

Community Health Systems Company Profile

Community Health Systems, Inc. is an operator of general acute care hospitals and outpatient facilities in communities across the country. The Company operates through hospital operations segment, which includes its general acute care hospitals and related healthcare entities that provide inpatient and outpatient healthcare services. The Company provides healthcare services through the hospitals that it owns and operates and affiliated businesses in non-urban and selected urban markets throughout the United States. The services provided through its hospitals and affiliated businesses include general acute care, emergency room, general and specialty surgery, critical care, internal medicine, obstetrics, diagnostic, psychiatric and rehabilitation services. The Company also provides additional outpatient services at urgent care centers, occupational medicine clinics, imaging centers, cancer centers, ambulatory surgery centers, and home health and hospice agencies.

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