Envision Healthcare Corp (NASDAQ: AMSG) and The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Envision Healthcare Corp and The Ensign Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Envision Healthcare Corp 5.34% 3.18% 2.43%
The Ensign Group 2.54% 13.01% 6.14%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Envision Healthcare Corp and The Ensign Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Envision Healthcare Corp N/A N/A N/A $3.26 20.78
The Ensign Group $1.75 billion 0.60 $121.76 million $0.84 24.37

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

Volatility and Risk

Envision Healthcare Corp has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Ensign Group has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Envision Healthcare Corp and The Ensign Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Envision Healthcare Corp 0 1 5 0 2.83
The Ensign Group 2 0 3 0 2.20

Envision Healthcare Corp presently has a consensus target price of $85.60, suggesting a potential upside of 26.35%. The Ensign Group has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.47%. Given Envision Healthcare Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Envision Healthcare Corp is more favorable than The Ensign Group.

Dividends

The Ensign Group pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Envision Healthcare Corp does not pay a dividend. The Ensign Group pays out 20.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.7% of Envision Healthcare Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.2% of The Ensign Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Envision Healthcare Corp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of The Ensign Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Envision Healthcare Corp beats The Ensign Group on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Envision Healthcare Corp

Envision Healthcare Corporation is a provider of healthcare services. The Company offers a range clinical solutions, including physician-led services, medical transportation, ambulatory services and post-acute services. The Company operates through three segments: physician services, medical transportation and ambulatory services. The physician services segment includes the Company’s hospital-based and non-hospital-based physician services business. The medical transportation segment includes the Company’s community-based medical transportation services, including emergency 911, non-emergency, managed transportation, air ambulance and disaster response services. The ambulatory services segment includes the Company’s ambulatory surgery business, which acquires, develops, owns and operates ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and surgical hospitals in partnership with physicians and health systems.

About The Ensign Group

The Ensign Group, Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, provides healthcare services across the post-acute care continuum, as well as other ancillary businesses located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. The Company’s subsidiaries provide skilled nursing, assisted living, home health and hospice, and other ancillary services. Its segments include transitional and skilled services segment, which includes the operation of skilled nursing facilities; assisted and independent living services segment, which includes the operation of assisted and independent living facilities; home health and hospice services segment, which includes its home health, home care and hospice businesses, and all other segment, which includes mobile diagnostics and other ancillary operations. As of July10, 2017, it operated in 226 healthcare facilities.

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