Surgical Care Affiliates (NASDAQ: SCAI) and Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:THC) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Surgical Care Affiliates and Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Surgical Care Affiliates 21.52% 13.07% 12.83%
Tenet Healthcare Corporation -0.97% -2.00% -0.09%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Surgical Care Affiliates and Tenet Healthcare Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Surgical Care Affiliates 0 2 0 0 2.00
Tenet Healthcare Corporation 0 9 5 0 2.36

Surgical Care Affiliates currently has a consensus target price of $50.00, suggesting a potential downside of 10.51%. Tenet Healthcare Corporation has a consensus target price of $21.25, suggesting a potential upside of 27.02%. Given Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Tenet Healthcare Corporation is more favorable than Surgical Care Affiliates.

Risk & Volatility

Surgical Care Affiliates has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tenet Healthcare Corporation has a beta of 1.27, indicating that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Surgical Care Affiliates and Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Surgical Care Affiliates N/A N/A N/A $0.55 101.58
Tenet Healthcare Corporation $19.32 billion 0.09 $2.07 billion ($1.95) -8.58

Tenet Healthcare Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Surgical Care Affiliates. Tenet Healthcare Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Surgical Care Affiliates, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Tenet Healthcare Corporation beats Surgical Care Affiliates on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Surgical Care Affiliates

Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc. is a provider of solutions to physicians, health plans and health systems to optimize surgical care. The Company offers tools and systems in the areas of clinical benchmarking, clinical best practices, operating efficiency, care coordination and supply chain management. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated a network of surgical facilities in the United States, which included 197 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and seven surgical hospitals in partnership with approximately 3,000 physician partners. The Company’s operations consist of its ownership and management of ASCs and surgical hospitals. Its ASCs provide the facilities, equipment, supplies and clinical support staff necessary to provide non-emergency surgical services to patients not requiring hospitalization. Its surgical hospitals allow physicians to perform a range of surgical procedures, including surgeries, and allow patients to stay in the hospital for several nights to recover.

About Tenet Healthcare Corporation

Tenet Healthcare Corporation (Tenet) is a healthcare services company. The Company operates regionally focused, integrated healthcare delivery networks in large urban and suburban markets in the United States. The Company’s segments include Hospital Operations and Other, Ambulatory Care and Conifer. As of December 31, 2016, its subsidiaries operated 79 hospitals, including three academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals, two specialty hospitals and one critical access hospital. The Company’s Ambulatory Care segment includes the operations of its USPI joint venture and its Aspen facilities. As of December 31, 2016, Conifer provided one or more of the business process services described above from 20 service centers to more than 800 Tenet and non-Tenet hospital and other clients in over 40 states. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 20 short-stay surgical hospitals, over 470 outpatient centers, and nine facilities in the United Kingdom.

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