Contrasting DCC (DCCPF) & U.S. Physical Therapy (USPH)

DCC (OTCMKTS: DCCPF) and U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE:USPH) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DCC N/A N/A N/A
U.S. Physical Therapy 5.38% 13.12% 6.38%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares DCC and U.S. Physical Therapy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DCC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
U.S. Physical Therapy $414.05 million 2.58 $22.25 million $2.08 40.87

U.S. Physical Therapy has higher revenue and earnings than DCC.

Volatility & Risk

DCC has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, U.S. Physical Therapy has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

U.S. Physical Therapy pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. DCC does not pay a dividend. U.S. Physical Therapy pays out 44.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. U.S. Physical Therapy has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for DCC and U.S. Physical Therapy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DCC 0 0 0 0 N/A
U.S. Physical Therapy 0 2 2 0 2.50

U.S. Physical Therapy has a consensus target price of $77.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.41%. Given U.S. Physical Therapy’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe U.S. Physical Therapy is more favorable than DCC.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.5% of U.S. Physical Therapy shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% 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 stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

U.S. Physical Therapy beats DCC on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About DCC

DCC plc provides sales, marketing, and business support services worldwide. The company’s DCC Energy segment offers oil and liquefied petroleum gas products to commercial, retail, agricultural, industrial, marine, and other customers, as well as fuel cards. This segment serves approximately 1.4 million customers in approximately 9 countries. Its DCC Technology segment sells a range of computing products, including tablets, notebooks, and PC’s; communications products, such as smartphones, feature phones, accessories, and unified communications; and servers and storage, audio visual products, printers, peripherals, networking and security products, cables and connectors, and consumables, as well as consumer technology products comprising gaming consoles, peripherals and software, wearable technology, consumer electronics, and accessories to retailers, etailers, and resellers. This segment also offers supply chain services. The company’s DCC Healthcare segment sells, markets, and distributes a range of own and third party branded pharmaceuticals and medical devices to hospitals, pharmacies, GPs, and other healthcare providers; and outsourced product development, manufacturing, packing, and other services to the health and beauty brand owners. This segment provides generic pharmaceuticals, including solid dose, injectable, and inhaler products across a range of therapy areas, including oncology, beta lactam and other antibiotics, respiratory, pain management, hematology, anaesthesia, addiction, and emergency medicine; and medical devices and consumables in the areas of wound care, electrodes, diathermy, anaesthesia, endovascular, cardiology and IV access, minimally invasive surgery, and diagnostics. It also provides nutritional, beauty, and healthcare creams and liquids. DCC plc was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

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. It provides workforce performance solutions, including onsite injury prevention and rehabilitation, performance optimization and ergonomic assessments for Fortune 500 companies, and other clients comprising insurers and their contractors. As of March 13, 2018, it operated 579 outpatient physical therapy clinics in 42 states; and managed 28 physical therapy facilities for unaffiliated third parties, including hospitals and physician groups. The company was founded in 1990 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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