Healthways (NASDAQ: TVTY) and The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Healthways and The Ensign Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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|The Ensign Group
The Ensign Group has higher revenue and earnings than Healthways. Healthways 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.
Risk & Volatility
Healthways has a beta of 0.38, meaning that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Ensign Group has a beta of 0.87, meaning that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500.
The Ensign Group pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Healthways does not pay a dividend. The Ensign Group pays out 20.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
84.2% of The Ensign Group shares are held by institutional investors. 8.4% of Healthways 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 large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Healthways and The Ensign Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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|The Ensign Group
Healthways presently has a consensus price target of $43.83, indicating a potential upside of 10.97%. The Ensign Group has a consensus price target of $22.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.17%. Given Healthways’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Healthways is more favorable than The Ensign Group.
This table compares Healthways and The Ensign Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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|The Ensign Group
Healthways beats The Ensign Group on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Healthways Company Profile
Tivity Health, Inc., formerly Healthways, Inc., is focused targeted population health for those aged 50 and older. The Company offers three programs: SilverSneakers senior fitness, Prime fitness and WholeHealth Living. The SilverSneakers senior fitness program is offered to members of Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and Group Retiree plans. The Company also offers Prime fitness, a fitness facility access program, through commercial health plans, employers and insurance exchanges. Its national network of fitness centers delivers both SilverSneakers and Prime fitness. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fitness networks encompassed approximately 16,000 participating locations and more than 1,000 alternative locations that provide classes outside of traditional fitness centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s WholeHealth Living network included over 88,000 complementary, alternative, and physical medicine practitioners to serve individuals through health plans.
The Ensign Group Company Profile
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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