LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) and R1 RCM (NYSE:RCM) are both medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for LHC Group and R1 RCM, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LHC Group 0 1 8 0 2.89
R1 RCM 0 1 0 0 2.00

LHC Group presently has a consensus target price of $66.56, indicating a potential upside of 1.50%. R1 RCM has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 51.98%. Given R1 RCM’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe R1 RCM is more favorable than LHC Group.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares LHC Group and R1 RCM’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LHC Group $961.62 million 1.25 $92.03 million $2.25 29.14
R1 RCM N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

LHC Group has higher revenue and earnings than R1 RCM.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.9% of LHC Group shares are held by institutional investors. 14.8% of LHC Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares LHC Group and R1 RCM’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LHC Group 4.13% 9.62% 6.26%
R1 RCM -6.74% -51.77% -7.76%

Summary

LHC Group beats R1 RCM on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

LHC Group Company Profile

LHC Group, Inc. is a holding company. The Company provides post-acute healthcare services to patients through its home nursing agencies, hospice agencies, community-based services agencies and long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). The Company operates through four segments: home health services, hospice services, community-based services and facility-based services. Through its home health services segment, the Company offers a range of services, including skilled nursing, medically oriented social services, and physical, occupational and speech therapy. Through its hospice services segment, the Company offers a range of services, including pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support. Its community-based service operations offer a range of services to patients in their home or in a medical facility. The services range from assistance with grooming, medication reminders and meal preparation. It provides facility-based services principally through its LTACHs.

R1 RCM Company Profile

R1 RCM Inc., formerly Accretive Health, Inc., is a provider of revenue cycle management (RCM) and physician advisory services (PAS) to healthcare providers. The Company is engaged in providing management services of revenue cycle operations for the United States-based hospitals and other medical services providers. Its primary service offering consists of end-to-end RCM, which the Company deploys through a co-managed relationship or an operating partner relationship. The Company’s PAS offering assists hospitals in complying with payer requirements regarding whether to classify a hospital visit as an in-patient or an out-patient observation case for billing purposes. The Company also provides customers with retrospective appeal management service support for both governmental and commercial payers. Its physicians conduct detailed retrospective reviews of medical records to identify medical necessity for hospital services and the required documentation to support an appeal.

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