LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT) and Kindred Healthcare (NYSE:KND) are both medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Kindred Healthcare pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. LifePoint Health does not pay a dividend. Kindred Healthcare pays out -2.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares LifePoint Health and Kindred Healthcare’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LifePoint Health 2.61% 7.40% 2.66%
Kindred Healthcare -16.31% 3.49% 0.53%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.6% of LifePoint Health shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.8% of Kindred Healthcare shares are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of LifePoint Health shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of Kindred Healthcare shares are held 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.

Volatility and Risk

LifePoint Health has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kindred Healthcare has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares LifePoint Health and Kindred Healthcare’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LifePoint Health $6.42 billion 0.36 $760.40 million $4.48 13.00
Kindred Healthcare $7.08 billion 0.09 $470.57 million ($12.82) -0.57

LifePoint Health has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Kindred Healthcare. Kindred Healthcare is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than LifePoint Health, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for LifePoint Health and Kindred Healthcare, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LifePoint Health 2 8 3 0 2.08
Kindred Healthcare 2 3 2 0 2.00

LifePoint Health presently has a consensus price target of $65.50, indicating a potential upside of 12.45%. Kindred Healthcare has a consensus price target of $9.67, indicating a potential upside of 32.42%. Given Kindred Healthcare’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Kindred Healthcare is more favorable than LifePoint Health.

Summary

LifePoint Health beats Kindred Healthcare on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

LifePoint Health Company Profile

LifePoint Health, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute facilities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 72 hospital campuses in 22 states, having a total of 9,424 licensed beds. It offers a range of general and specialized healthcare services to patients through a network of hospitals and outpatient facilities. Its services include general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, rehabilitation services and pediatric services, and in some of its hospitals, the Company offers specialized services, such as open-heart surgery, skilled nursing, psychiatric care and neuro-surgery. It provides outpatient services, such as same-day surgery, laboratory, x-ray, respiratory therapy, imaging, sports medicine and lithotripsy.

Kindred Healthcare Company Profile

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. is a healthcare services company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates transitional care (TC) hospitals, a home health, hospice and community care business, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals (IRFs), a contract rehabilitation services business, nursing centers and assisted living facilities across the United States. The Company operates through four divisions: the Kindred at Home division, the hospital division, the Kindred Rehabilitation Services division and the nursing center division. These divisions represent six segments: home health services, hospice services, hospitals, Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services, RehabCare and nursing centers. The home health services and hospice services operating segments are contained within the Kindred at Home division while the Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services and RehabCare operating segments are both contained within the Kindred Rehabilitation Services division.

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