Omnicare (NYSE: OCR) and Five Star Quality Care (NASDAQ:FVE) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

21.3% of Five Star Quality Care shares are owned by institutional investors. 39.8% of Five Star Quality Care shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Omnicare and Five Star Quality Care’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Omnicare N/A N/A N/A $1.63 60.06
Five Star Quality Care $1.38 billion 0.05 -$21.81 million ($0.51) -2.94

Omnicare has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Five Star Quality Care. Five Star Quality Care is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Omnicare, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Omnicare and Five Star Quality Care, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Omnicare 0 0 0 0 N/A
Five Star Quality Care 0 0 2 0 3.00

Five Star Quality Care has a consensus target price of $3.88, suggesting a potential upside of 158.33%. Given Five Star Quality Care’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Five Star Quality Care is more favorable than Omnicare.

Profitability

This table compares Omnicare and Five Star Quality Care’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Omnicare 1.96% 5.37% 2.20%
Five Star Quality Care -1.83% -18.10% -5.59%

Summary

Five Star Quality Care beats Omnicare on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Omnicare

Omnicare, Inc. is a healthcare services company that specializes in the management of complex pharmaceutical care. The Company operates two primary businesses, Long-Term Care Group (LTC) and Specialty Care Group (SCG), each serving different customer populations. Through LTC, the Company is a provider of pharmaceuticals and related pharmacy and ancillary services to long-term care facilities, as well as chronic care facilities and other settings. As of December 31, 2014, LTC provided pharmacy services in the United States in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The Specialty Care Group (SCG) operates across a spectrum of the healthcare continuum, serving the needs of biopharmaceutical manufacturers, physicians, nurses, caregivers and patients. Its SCG services are primarily focused on the specialty pharmaceutical market and incorporate four platforms: brand support services, supply chain solutions, patient support services and specialty pharmacy.

About Five Star Quality Care

Five Star Senior Living Inc., formerly Five Star Quality Care, Inc., operates senior living communities, including independent living communities, assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The Company’s segments include senior living communities and rehabilitation and wellness. In the senior living communities segment, the Company operates for its own account or manage for the account of others independent living communities, assisted living communities and SNFs that are subject to centralized oversight and provide housing and services to elderly residents. In the rehabilitation and wellness segment, the Company provides services in the inpatient setting and in outpatient clinics. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 283 senior living communities located in 32 states with 31,830 living units, including 253 primarily independent and assisted living communities with 29,229 living units and 30 SNFs with 2,601 living units.

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