Genesis Healthcare (NYSE: GEN) and Civitas Solutions (NYSE:CIVI) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.4% of Genesis Healthcare shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.2% of Civitas Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 57.6% of Genesis Healthcare shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of Civitas Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Genesis Healthcare and Civitas Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genesis Healthcare 1 1 1 0 2.00
Civitas Solutions 0 2 2 0 2.50

Genesis Healthcare presently has a consensus target price of $2.65, suggesting a potential upside of 93.43%. Civitas Solutions has a consensus target price of $25.00, suggesting a potential upside of 41.64%. Given Genesis Healthcare’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Genesis Healthcare is more favorable than Civitas Solutions.

Profitability

This table compares Genesis Healthcare and Civitas Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Genesis Healthcare -2.05% -0.81% -0.95%
Civitas Solutions 1.19% 16.20% 2.27%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Genesis Healthcare and Civitas Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Genesis Healthcare $5.45 billion 0.02 $450.30 million N/A N/A
Civitas Solutions $1.44 billion 0.46 $147.66 million $0.46 38.37

Genesis Healthcare has higher revenue and earnings than Civitas Solutions.

Volatility & Risk

Genesis Healthcare has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Civitas Solutions has a beta of 0.45, indicating that its stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Civitas Solutions beats Genesis Healthcare on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Genesis Healthcare

Genesis Healthcare, Inc. is a holding company that provides post-acute care. The Company operates through three segments: inpatient services, which includes the operation of skilled nursing facilities and assisted or senior living facilities; rehabilitation therapy services, which includes its integrated and third-party rehabilitation and respiratory therapy services, and all other services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company offered inpatient services through its network of 499 skilled nursing and assisted/senior living facilities across 34 states, consisting of 473 skilled nursing facilities and 26 stand-alone assisted/senior living facilities. Its services focus primarily on the medical and physical issues facing elderly patients and are provided by its skilled nursing companies, assisted or senior living communities, integrated and third-party rehabilitation therapy business, and other ancillary services.

About Civitas Solutions

Civitas Solutions, Inc. is a provider of home- and community-based health and human services to individuals with intellectual, developmental, physical or behavioral disabilities and other special needs. The Company operates through two segments: Human Services and Post-Acute Specialty Rehabilitation Services (SRS). The Human Services segment provides home- and community-based human services to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), youth with emotional, behavioral and/or medically complex challenges or at-risk youth (ARY), and elders. The SRS segment delivers healthcare and community-based health and human services to individuals having suffered acquired brain injury, spinal injuries, and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses. Within its SRS segment, its NeuroRestorative business unit is focused on rehabilitation and transitional living services, and its CareMeridian business unit is focused on the medically-intensive post-acute care services.

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