MWI Veterinary Supply (NASDAQ: MWIV) and Pharmerica Corporation (NYSE:PMC) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.8% of Pharmerica Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of Pharmerica Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares MWI Veterinary Supply and Pharmerica Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MWI Veterinary Supply 2.51% 15.74% 7.86%
Pharmerica Corporation 1.05% 10.94% 4.84%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MWI Veterinary Supply and Pharmerica Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MWI Veterinary Supply N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pharmerica Corporation $2.21 billion 0.41 $133.00 million $0.74 39.26

Pharmerica Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than MWI Veterinary Supply.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for MWI Veterinary Supply and Pharmerica Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MWI Veterinary Supply 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pharmerica Corporation 1 1 1 0 2.00

Pharmerica Corporation has a consensus price target of $29.25, suggesting a potential upside of 0.69%. Given Pharmerica Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Pharmerica Corporation is more favorable than MWI Veterinary Supply.

Summary

Pharmerica Corporation beats MWI Veterinary Supply on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

MWI Veterinary Supply Company Profile

MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. (MWI) is a distributor of animal health products to veterinarians across the United States of America and United Kingdom. MWI sells both companion animal and production animal products including pharmaceuticals, vaccines, parasiticides, diagnostics, micro feed ingredients, supplies, pet food, capital equipment and nutritional products. MWI also offers customers a variety of value-added services, including its e-commerce platform, technology management systems, pharmacy fulfillment, inventory management system, equipment procurement consultation, special order fulfillment, educational seminars and pet cremation. As of September 30, 2014, the Company operates 23 distribution centers located across the United States and one distribution center in the United Kingdom.

Pharmerica Corporation Company Profile

PharMerica Corporation is an institutional pharmacy services company. The Company services healthcare facilities, provides pharmacy management services to hospitals and specialty infusion services to patients outside a hospital setting, and offers the national oncology pharmacy in the United States. Its segments include institutional pharmacy, which provides pharmacy products and services to residents and patients in skilled nursing facilities, nursing centers, assisted living facilities, hospitals and other long-term alternative care settings; specialty infusion services, which provides specialty infusion services focused on providing pharmaceutical products and clinical services to patients in client facilities, hospice and outside of hospital or nursing home settings, and specialty oncology pharmacy, which provides dispensing of oncology drugs, care management and other related services to patients, oncology practices and hospitals.

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