U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE: USPH) is one of 15 public companies in the “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare U.S. Physical Therapy to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

U.S. Physical Therapy has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, U.S. Physical Therapy’s rivals have a beta of 1.58, meaning that their average stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.7% of U.S. Physical Therapy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.5% of shares of all “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of U.S. Physical Therapy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares U.S. Physical Therapy and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
U.S. Physical Therapy 5.29% 13.37% 6.63%
U.S. Physical Therapy Competitors 4.56% 4.29% 4.73%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares U.S. Physical Therapy and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
U.S. Physical Therapy $356.55 million $20.55 million 52.93
U.S. Physical Therapy Competitors $1.06 billion -$22.56 million 732.30

U.S. Physical Therapy’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than U.S. Physical Therapy. U.S. Physical Therapy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

U.S. Physical Therapy pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. U.S. Physical Therapy pays out 58.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.0% and pay out 42.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. U.S. Physical Therapy has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for U.S. Physical Therapy and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
U.S. Physical Therapy 0 2 2 0 2.50
U.S. Physical Therapy Competitors 57 326 509 9 2.52

U.S. Physical Therapy currently has a consensus target price of $70.25, indicating a potential downside of 3.83%. As a group, “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies have a potential upside of 25.77%. Given U.S. Physical Therapy’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe U.S. Physical Therapy has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

U.S. Physical Therapy rivals beat U.S. Physical Therapy on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

U.S. Physical Therapy Company Profile

U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates outpatient physical therapy clinics that provide pre-and post-operative care, and treatment for orthopedic-related disorders, sports-related injuries, preventative care, rehabilitation of injured workers and neurological-related injuries. The Company’s segment is made up of various clinics within partnerships. The Company primarily operates through subsidiary clinic partnerships, in which it owns a general partnership interest and a limited partnership interest, and the managing therapists of the clinics owns the remaining limited partnership interest in the clinics. The Company operates 562 physical therapy clinics in 42 states. There are approximately 380 clinics operated under Clinic Partnerships and over 100 operated as Company-owned Facilities. In addition to its owned clinics, it also manages physical therapy facilities for third parties, primarily physicians, with over 29 third-party facilities under management.

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