Critical Survey: U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE:USPH) versus Its Competitors

U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE: USPH) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare U.S. Physical Therapy to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares U.S. Physical Therapy and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
U.S. Physical Therapy 5.29% 13.37% 6.63%
U.S. Physical Therapy Competitors -476.54% -53.61% -16.75%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares U.S. Physical Therapy and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
U.S. Physical Therapy $356.55 million $20.55 million 54.20
U.S. Physical Therapy Competitors $1.06 billion -$22.67 million 781.00

U.S. Physical Therapy’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than U.S. Physical Therapy. U.S. Physical Therapy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

U.S. Physical Therapy has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, U.S. Physical Therapy’s peers have a beta of 0.83, suggesting that their average stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for U.S. Physical Therapy and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
U.S. Physical Therapy 0 2 2 0 2.50
U.S. Physical Therapy Competitors 63 336 521 9 2.51

U.S. Physical Therapy presently has a consensus target price of $71.75, suggesting a potential downside of 4.08%. As a group, “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies have a potential upside of 17.85%. Given U.S. Physical Therapy’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe U.S. Physical Therapy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

U.S. Physical Therapy pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. U.S. Physical Therapy pays out 58.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.0% and pay out 42.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. U.S. Physical Therapy has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.1% of U.S. Physical Therapy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.0% of shares of all “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of U.S. Physical Therapy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

U.S. Physical Therapy peers beat U.S. Physical Therapy on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About U.S. Physical Therapy

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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