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

Volatility & Risk

Triple-S Management has a beta of 0.4, meaning that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Catamaran has a beta of -0.18, meaning that its stock price is 118% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Triple-S Management and Catamaran, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Triple-S Management 0 1 0 0 2.00
Catamaran 0 0 0 0 N/A

Triple-S Management currently has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential downside of 24.21%. Given Triple-S Management’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Triple-S Management is more favorable than Catamaran.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Triple-S Management 1.44% 3.05% 1.06%
Catamaran 1.66% 6.54% 4.25%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.8% of Triple-S Management shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Triple-S Management shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Triple-S Management $2.98 billion 0.21 $17.43 million $1.75 15.08
Catamaran N/A N/A N/A $1.64 37.48

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

Summary

Triple-S Management beats Catamaran on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Triple-S Management

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 Catamaran

Catamaran Corporation (Catamaran) is a provider of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services and healthcare information technology (HCIT) solutions to the healthcare benefit management industry. The Company operates in two segments: PBM and HCIT. The Company offers PBM services, which are marketed under the Catamaran PBM brand, and is engaged in owning and operating a network of mail and specialty pharmacies. In addition, the Company is a national provider of drug benefits to its customers under the federal government’s Medicare Part D program. The Company’s HCIT product offerings include a range of software products for managing prescription drug programs and for drug prescribing and dispensing. The Company’s customers include organizations in the pharmaceutical supply chain, such as pharmacy benefit managers, managed care organizations, self-insured employer groups, unions, third-party healthcare plan administrators, and state and federal government entities.

Receive News & Ratings for Triple-S Management Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Triple-S Management and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.