AMN Healthcare Services (NYSE: AMN) and U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE:USPH) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.
This table compares AMN Healthcare Services and U.S. Physical Therapy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|AMN Healthcare Services||6.01%||26.83%||10.54%|
|U.S. Physical Therapy||5.65%||12.91%||7.01%|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
100.0% of AMN Healthcare Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.1% of U.S. Physical Therapy shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of AMN Healthcare Services shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of U.S. Physical Therapy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
U.S. Physical Therapy pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. AMN Healthcare Services does not pay a dividend. U.S. Physical Therapy pays out 46.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. U.S. Physical Therapy has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.
This is a summary of recent recommendations for AMN Healthcare Services and U.S. Physical Therapy, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|AMN Healthcare Services||0||1||4||0||2.80|
|U.S. Physical Therapy||0||2||2||0||2.50|
AMN Healthcare Services presently has a consensus price target of $45.80, indicating a potential upside of 25.48%. U.S. Physical Therapy has a consensus price target of $68.33, indicating a potential upside of 10.75%. Given AMN Healthcare Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe AMN Healthcare Services is more favorable than U.S. Physical Therapy.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares AMN Healthcare Services and U.S. Physical Therapy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|AMN Healthcare Services||$1.95 billion||0.90||$236.01 million||$2.37||15.40|
|U.S. Physical Therapy||$377.24 million||2.06||$60.41 million||$1.71||36.08|
AMN Healthcare Services has higher revenue and earnings than U.S. Physical Therapy. AMN Healthcare Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than U.S. Physical Therapy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility and Risk
AMN Healthcare Services has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, U.S. Physical Therapy has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.
AMN Healthcare Services beats U.S. Physical Therapy on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
AMN Healthcare Services Company Profile
AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. provides healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services at acute and sub-acute care hospitals and other healthcare facilities throughout the United States. The Company’s segments include nurse and allied solutions, locum tenens solutions and other workforce solutions. Through its suite of solutions, the Company provides technology, analytics and services to build and manage all or a portion of its clients’ healthcare workforce needs, from nurses, doctors and allied health professionals to healthcare leaders and executives. It offers managed services programs, vendor management systems, predictive analytics, workforce optimization consulting, recruitment process outsourcing, interim and executive leadership, and remote medical coding. It offers various services, including travel nurse staffing; local, or per diem, staffing; locum tenens staffing; allied staffing; physician permanent placement services, and health information management.
U.S. Physical Therapy Company Profile
U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates outpatient physical therapy clinics that provide pre-and post-operative care, and treatment for orthopedic-related disorders, sports-related injuries, preventative care, rehabilitation of injured workers and neurological-related injuries. The Company’s segment is made up of various clinics within partnerships. The Company primarily operates through subsidiary clinic partnerships, in which it owns a general partnership interest and a limited partnership interest, and the managing therapists of the clinics owns the remaining limited partnership interest in the clinics. The Company operates 562 physical therapy clinics in 42 states. There are approximately 380 clinics operated under Clinic Partnerships and over 100 operated as Company-owned Facilities. In addition to its owned clinics, it also manages physical therapy facilities for third parties, primarily physicians, with over 29 third-party facilities under management.
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