Fresenius Medical Care Corporation (NYSE: FMS) and Air Methods Corp (NASDAQ:AIRM) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Dividends

Fresenius Medical Care Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Air Methods Corp does not pay a dividend. Fresenius Medical Care Corporation pays out 16.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.6% of Fresenius Medical Care Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.0% of Air Methods Corp shares are owned 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.

Profitability

This table compares Fresenius Medical Care Corporation and Air Methods Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fresenius Medical Care Corporation 7.04% 11.51% 5.00%
Air Methods Corp 6.67% 14.18% 4.43%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Fresenius Medical Care Corporation and Air Methods Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fresenius Medical Care Corporation 0 2 4 0 2.67
Air Methods Corp 0 3 1 0 2.25

Fresenius Medical Care Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $44.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.61%. Air Methods Corp has a consensus price target of $43.00, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Given Air Methods Corp’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Air Methods Corp is more favorable than Fresenius Medical Care Corporation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Fresenius Medical Care Corporation and Air Methods Corp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fresenius Medical Care Corporation $17.91 billion 1.67 $1.24 billion $2.23 21.83
Air Methods Corp N/A N/A N/A $2.59 N/A

Fresenius Medical Care Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Air Methods Corp. Air Methods Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Fresenius Medical Care Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Fresenius Medical Care Corporation beats Air Methods Corp on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fresenius Medical Care Corporation Company Profile

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA is a kidney dialysis company. The Company provides dialysis care and related services to persons suffering from end-stage renal disease (ESRD), as well as other healthcare services. The Company’s segments include North America Segment, the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Segment, the Asia-Pacific Segment and the Latin America Segment. The Company develops and manufactures a range of dialysis machines, systems and disposable products. As of December 31, 2016, the Company sold its products to customers in more than 120 countries and also used in its internal healthcare service operations. The Company’s Care Coordination services include coordinated delivery of pharmacy services, vascular, cardiovascular and endovascular specialty services, non-dialysis laboratory testing services, physician services, hospitalist and intensivist services, health plan services, ambulatory surgery center services and urgent care services.

Air Methods Corp Company Profile

Air Methods Corporation is engaged in providing air medical emergency transport services and systems throughout the United States. The Company’s segments include Air Medical Services (AMS), Tourism and United Rotorcraft (UR) Division. As of December 31, 2016, its AMS Division provided air medical transportation services in 41 states to the general population as an independent service (also called community-based services) and to hospitals or other institutions under exclusive operating agreements (also called hospital-based services). It transports persons requiring intensive medical care from either the scene of an accident or general care hospitals to skilled trauma centers or tertiary care centers. As of December 31, 2016, its Air Medical Services Division operated 394 helicopters and 31 fixed wing aircrafts under both Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and Visual Flight Rules (VFR). As of December 31, 2016, its Tourism Division operated 63 helicopters and two fixed wing aircrafts.

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