Surgical Care Affiliates (NASDAQ: SCAI) is one of 50 publicly-traded companies in the “Healthcare Facilities & Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Surgical Care Affiliates to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.7% of shares of all “Healthcare Facilities & Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of Surgical Care Affiliates shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.4% of shares of all “Healthcare Facilities & Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Surgical Care Affiliates and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Surgical Care Affiliates 0 2 0 0 2.00
Surgical Care Affiliates Competitors 190 1293 1828 32 2.51

Surgical Care Affiliates presently has a consensus target price of $50.00, indicating a potential downside of 10.51%. As a group, “Healthcare Facilities & Services” companies have a potential downside of 5.08%. Given Surgical Care Affiliates’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Surgical Care Affiliates has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Surgical Care Affiliates has a beta of 0.58, suggesting that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Surgical Care Affiliates’ competitors have a beta of 1.01, suggesting that their average share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Surgical Care Affiliates and its competitors’ 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%
Surgical Care Affiliates Competitors 7.13% 1.74% 0.48%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Surgical Care Affiliates and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Surgical Care Affiliates N/A N/A 101.58
Surgical Care Affiliates Competitors $5.43 billion $855.44 million 37.30

Surgical Care Affiliates’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Surgical Care Affiliates. Surgical Care Affiliates is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Surgical Care Affiliates competitors beat Surgical Care Affiliates on 8 of the 11 factors compared.

Surgical Care Affiliates Company Profile

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.

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