Triple-S Management Corporation (NYSE: GTS) and Molina Healthcare (NYSE:MOH) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitability and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.4% of Triple-S Management Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.2% of Molina Healthcare shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Triple-S Management Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Molina Healthcare shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Triple-S Management Corporation and Molina Healthcare, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Triple-S Management Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
Molina Healthcare 3 6 5 0 2.14

Triple-S Management Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential downside of 16.74%. Molina Healthcare has a consensus price target of $62.50, indicating a potential downside of 9.42%. Given Molina Healthcare’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Molina Healthcare is more favorable than Triple-S Management Corporation.

Volatility and Risk

Triple-S Management Corporation has a beta of 0.33, indicating that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Molina Healthcare has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Triple-S Management Corporation and Molina Healthcare’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Triple-S Management Corporation 0.63% 0.19% 0.07%
Molina Healthcare -1.07% 16.10% 3.35%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Triple-S Management Corporation and Molina Healthcare’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Triple-S Management Corporation $2,984.81 0.20 $17.43 $0.76 31.61
Molina Healthcare $17,711.00 0.22 $52.00 ($3.61) -19.11

Molina Healthcare has higher revenue and earnings than Triple-S Management Corporation. Molina Healthcare is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Triple-S Management Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Molina Healthcare beats Triple-S Management Corporation on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Triple-S Management Corporation

Triple-S Management Corporation operates as a managed care company. The Company offers a range of managed care and related products in the commercial, Medicaid and Medicare markets. The Company’s segments include Managed Care, Life Insurance, and Property and Casualty Insurance. The Managed Care segment is engaged in the sale of managed care products to the Commercial, Medicare and Medicaid market sectors. The Life Insurance segment offers life and accident and health insurance coverage, and annuity products. The premiums for this segment are mainly subscribed through an internal sales force and a network of independent brokers and agents. The insurance products of Property and Casualty Insurance segment includes commercial package, commercial auto, and personal package. The premiums for this segment are originated through a network of independent insurance agents and brokers.

About Molina Healthcare

Molina Healthcare, Inc. offers Medicaid-related solutions for low-income families and individuals, and assists government agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program. The Company operates through three segments: Health Plans, Molina Medicaid Solutions and Other, which includes its Pathways Health and Community Support LLC (Pathways) business. It arranges healthcare services for persons served by Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Marketplace, and products to assist government agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s Health Plans segment consisted of health plans in 12 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and its direct delivery business. The Molina Medicaid Solutions segment provides support to state government agencies in the administration of their Medicaid programs, including business processing, information technology development, and administrative services.

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