Reviewing U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE:USPH) & The Competition

U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE: USPH) is one of 15 public 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 analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for U.S. Physical Therapy and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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 69 338 521 9 2.50

U.S. Physical Therapy currently has a consensus target price of $71.75, indicating a potential downside of 4.27%. As a group, “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies have a potential upside of 17.67%. Given U.S. Physical Therapy’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe U.S. Physical Therapy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

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%

Volatility & Risk

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 1.44, suggesting that their average stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 48.2% 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 38.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. U.S. Physical Therapy has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Institutional & 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, 10.8% of shares of all “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares U.S. Physical Therapy and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
U.S. Physical Therapy $356.55 million $20.55 million 45.15
U.S. Physical Therapy Competitors $1.06 billion -$22.67 million 775.59

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.

Summary

U.S. Physical Therapy peers beat U.S. Physical Therapy on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

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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