Mednax (NYSE: MD) and Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE:SEM) are both mid-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Mednax has a beta of 0.4, indicating that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Select Medical Holdings Corporation has a beta of 1.44, indicating that its stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Mednax and Select Medical Holdings Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mednax 1 7 1 0 2.00
Select Medical Holdings Corporation 1 2 3 0 2.33

Mednax currently has a consensus target price of $57.43, indicating a potential upside of 37.95%. Select Medical Holdings Corporation has a consensus target price of $18.40, indicating a potential upside of 0.82%. Given Mednax’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Mednax is more favorable than Select Medical Holdings Corporation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Mednax and Select Medical Holdings Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mednax $3.34 billion 1.17 $628.40 million $3.16 13.17
Select Medical Holdings Corporation $4.26 billion 0.57 $474.80 million $0.64 28.52

Mednax has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Select Medical Holdings Corporation. Mednax is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Select Medical Holdings Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Mednax and Select Medical Holdings Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mednax 8.78% 11.89% 6.10%
Select Medical Holdings Corporation 1.95% 9.61% 1.84%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.0% of Select Medical Holdings Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Mednax shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 19.9% of Select Medical Holdings Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Mednax Company Profile

MEDNAX, Inc. is a provider of physician services, including newborn, anesthesia, maternal-fetal, teleradiology, pediatric cardiology and other pediatric subspecialty care. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s national network consisted of over 3,600 affiliated physicians, including over 1,130 physicians providing neonatal clinical care, in 35 states and Puerto Rico, primarily within hospital-based neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), to babies born prematurely or with medical complications. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had over 1,390 affiliated physicians providing anesthesia care to patients in connection with surgical and other procedures, as well as pain management. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 270 affiliated physicians providing maternal-fetal and obstetrical medical care to expectant mothers experiencing complicated pregnancies primarily in areas where its affiliated neonatal physicians practice.

Select Medical Holdings Corporation Company Profile

Select Medical Holdings Corporation is an operator of specialty hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation clinics and occupational medicine centers in the United States. The Company’s segments include specialty hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation, Concentra and Other. The specialty hospitals segment consists of hospitals designed to serve the needs of long term acute patients and hospitals designed to serve patients that require intensive medical rehabilitation care. The outpatient rehabilitation segment consists of clinics that provide physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation services. The Concentra segment consists of medical centers and contract services provided at employer worksites and Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) that deliver occupational medicine, physical therapy, veteran’s healthcare, and consumer health services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

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