The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG) and Envision Healthcare Corp (NASDAQ:AMSG) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.2% of The Ensign Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.7% of Envision Healthcare Corp shares are held by institutional investors. 6.2% of The Ensign Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Envision Healthcare Corp shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

The Ensign Group pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Envision Healthcare Corp does not pay a dividend. The Ensign Group pays out 20.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for The Ensign Group and Envision Healthcare Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Ensign Group 2 0 3 0 2.20
Envision Healthcare Corp 0 1 5 0 2.83

The Ensign Group presently has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 8.27%. Envision Healthcare Corp has a consensus target price of $85.60, suggesting a potential upside of 26.35%. Given Envision Healthcare Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Envision Healthcare Corp is more favorable than The Ensign Group.

Profitability

This table compares The Ensign Group and Envision Healthcare Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Ensign Group 2.54% 13.01% 6.14%
Envision Healthcare Corp 5.34% 3.18% 2.43%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares The Ensign Group and Envision Healthcare Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Ensign Group $1.75 billion 0.59 $121.76 million $0.84 24.19
Envision Healthcare Corp N/A N/A N/A $3.26 20.78

The Ensign Group has higher revenue and earnings than Envision Healthcare Corp. Envision Healthcare Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than The Ensign Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

The Ensign Group has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Envision Healthcare Corp has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Envision Healthcare Corp beats The Ensign Group on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

The Ensign Group Company Profile

The Ensign Group, Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, provides healthcare services across the post-acute care continuum, as well as other ancillary businesses located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. The Company’s subsidiaries provide skilled nursing, assisted living, home health and hospice, and other ancillary services. Its segments include transitional and skilled services segment, which includes the operation of skilled nursing facilities; assisted and independent living services segment, which includes the operation of assisted and independent living facilities; home health and hospice services segment, which includes its home health, home care and hospice businesses, and all other segment, which includes mobile diagnostics and other ancillary operations. As of July10, 2017, it operated in 226 healthcare facilities.

Envision Healthcare Corp Company Profile

Envision Healthcare Corporation is a provider of healthcare services. The Company offers a range clinical solutions, including physician-led services, medical transportation, ambulatory services and post-acute services. The Company operates through three segments: physician services, medical transportation and ambulatory services. The physician services segment includes the Company’s hospital-based and non-hospital-based physician services business. The medical transportation segment includes the Company’s community-based medical transportation services, including emergency 911, non-emergency, managed transportation, air ambulance and disaster response services. The ambulatory services segment includes the Company’s ambulatory surgery business, which acquires, develops, owns and operates ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and surgical hospitals in partnership with physicians and health systems.

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