Examworks Group (NYSE: EXAM) and LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Examworks Group and LHC Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Examworks Group N/A N/A N/A $0.16 219.13
LHC Group $926.33 million 1.31 $85.92 million $2.16 30.73

LHC Group has higher revenue and earnings than Examworks Group. LHC Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Examworks Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Examworks Group and LHC Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Examworks Group 0 1 0 0 2.00
LHC Group 0 0 7 0 3.00

LHC Group has a consensus price target of $65.14, suggesting a potential downside of 1.85%. Given LHC Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe LHC Group is more favorable than Examworks Group.

Volatility & Risk

Examworks Group has a beta of 1.47, suggesting that its stock price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LHC Group has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.8% of LHC Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.3% of LHC Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Examworks Group and LHC Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Examworks Group 1.44% 3.60% 1.21%
LHC Group 4.09% 9.48% 6.04%

Summary

LHC Group beats Examworks Group on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Examworks Group Company Profile

ExamWorks Group, Inc. is a provider of independent medical examinations (IMEs), peer reviews, bill reviews, Medicare compliance, case management and other related services (IME services or the IME industry). The Company conducts its business through four geographic segments, namely, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The Company provides IME services through its medical panel of credentialed physicians and other medical providers. Its clients include property and casualty insurance carriers, law firms, third-party claim administrators and government agencies that use independent services to confirm the veracity of claims by sick or injured individuals and to facilitate care for workers’ compensation, automotive, personal injury liability and disability insurance coverage. The Company also provides a range of services, including Medicare compliance services, bill review services and case management services.

LHC Group Company Profile

LHC Group, Inc. is a holding company. The Company provides post-acute healthcare services to patients through its home nursing agencies, hospice agencies, community-based services agencies and long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). The Company operates through four segments: home health services, hospice services, community-based services and facility-based services. Through its home health services segment, the Company offers a range of services, including skilled nursing, medically oriented social services, and physical, occupational and speech therapy. Through its hospice services segment, the Company offers a range of services, including pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support. Its community-based service operations offer a range of services to patients in their home or in a medical facility. The services range from assistance with grooming, medication reminders and meal preparation. It provides facility-based services principally through its LTACHs.

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