Contrasting Hospital Co. of America (HCA) & Quorum Health (QHC)

Hospital Co. of America (NYSE: HCA) and Quorum Health (NYSE:QHC) are both medical 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.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Hospital Co. of America and Quorum Health, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hospital Co. of America 2 5 15 0 2.59
Quorum Health 0 4 0 0 2.00

Hospital Co. of America presently has a consensus target price of $105.83, suggesting a potential upside of 9.97%. Quorum Health has a consensus target price of $3.88, suggesting a potential downside of 60.46%. Given Hospital Co. of America’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hospital Co. of America is more favorable than Quorum Health.

Dividends

Hospital Co. of America pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Quorum Health does not pay a dividend. Hospital Co. of America pays out 21.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Hospital Co. of America has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quorum Health has a beta of 1.61, suggesting that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

73.5% of Hospital Co. of America shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.9% of Quorum Health shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Hospital Co. of America shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.7% of Quorum Health 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.

Profitability

This table compares Hospital Co. of America and Quorum Health’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hospital Co. of America 4.89% -49.49% 7.21%
Quorum Health -5.51% -34.01% -2.58%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hospital Co. of America and Quorum Health’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hospital Co. of America $47.65 billion 0.71 $2.22 billion $6.59 14.60
Quorum Health $2.07 billion 0.14 -$114.19 million ($1.30) -7.54

Hospital Co. of America has higher revenue and earnings than Quorum Health. Quorum Health is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hospital Co. of America, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Hospital Co. of America beats Quorum Health on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hospital Co. of America

HCA Healthcare, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services. The company operates general, acute care hospitals that offer medical and surgical services, including inpatient care, intensive care, cardiac care, diagnostic, and emergency services; and outpatient services, such as outpatient surgery, laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy, cardiology, and physical therapy services. It also operates psychiatric hospitals, which provide therapeutic programs comprising child, adolescent and adult psychiatric care, and adolescent and adult alcohol and drug abuse treatment and counseling. In addition, the company operates outpatient health care facilities consisting of freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, freestanding emergency care facilities, urgent care facilities, walk-in clinics, diagnostic and imaging centers, rehabilitation and physical therapy centers, radiation and oncology therapy centers, physician practices, and various other facilities. As of February 12, 2018, it owned and operated 179 hospitals and 120 freestanding surgery centers, and various other healthcare facilities in 20 states and the United Kingdom. The company was formerly known as HCA Holdings, Inc. HCA Healthcare, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

About Quorum Health

Quorum Health Corporation is an operator and manager of general acute care hospitals and outpatient services in the United States. The Company operates in two segments: Hospital operations, which includes its general acute care hospitals and related healthcare entities that provide inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, and hospital management advisory and consulting services, which includes Quorum Health Resources, LLC (QHR). It operates QHR, which is a hospital management advisory and consulting services that provides services to non-affiliated general acute care hospitals. Its hospitals and its affiliated businesses offer services, such as general acute care, emergency room, general and specialty surgery and rehabilitation services.

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