HCA Holdings (NYSE: HCA) is one of 51 publicly-traded companies in the “Healthcare Facilities & Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare HCA Holdings to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

HCA Holdings has a beta of 0.62, suggesting that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HCA Holdings’ competitors have a beta of 1.00, suggesting that their average share price is 0% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares HCA Holdings and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HCA Holdings 6.64% -48.08% 7.90%
HCA Holdings Competitors 6.73% 0.51% 0.57%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for HCA Holdings and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HCA Holdings 0 5 16 0 2.76
HCA Holdings Competitors 198 1332 1873 34 2.51

HCA Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $90.95, suggesting a potential upside of 14.30%. As a group, “Healthcare Facilities & Services” companies have a potential downside of 4.90%. Given HCA Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe HCA Holdings is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares HCA Holdings and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
HCA Holdings $42.27 billion $8.20 billion 10.65
HCA Holdings Competitors $5.41 billion $832.36 million 38.80

HCA Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. HCA Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.7% of HCA Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.3% of shares of all “Healthcare Facilities & Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.9% of HCA Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Healthcare Facilities & Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

HCA Holdings competitors beat HCA Holdings on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About HCA Holdings

HCA Healthcare, Inc., formerly HCA Holdings, Inc., is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates hospitals and related healthcare entities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated in two geographically organized groups, including the National and American Groups. As of December 31, 2016, the National Group included 84 hospitals, which were located in Alaska, California, Florida, southern Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, northern Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. As of December 31, 2016, the American Group included 80 hospitals, which were located in Colorado, northern Georgia, Kansas, southern Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated six hospitals in England. The Company owns, manages or operates hospitals, freestanding surgery centers and freestanding emergency care facilities, walk-in clinics, diagnostic and imaging centers, among others.

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