AMN Healthcare Services (NYSE: AMN) and Acadia Healthcare Company (NASDAQ:ACHC) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares AMN Healthcare Services and Acadia Healthcare Company’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AMN Healthcare Services $1.93 billion 0.89 $226.88 million $2.27 15.88
Acadia Healthcare Company $2.87 billion 1.38 $585.16 million $0.17 266.25

Acadia Healthcare Company has higher revenue and earnings than AMN Healthcare Services. AMN Healthcare Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Acadia Healthcare Company, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

AMN Healthcare Services has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acadia Healthcare Company has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

100.0% of AMN Healthcare Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of AMN Healthcare Services shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.1% of Acadia Healthcare Company shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for AMN Healthcare Services and Acadia Healthcare Company, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AMN Healthcare Services 0 1 3 0 2.75
Acadia Healthcare Company 0 3 7 1 2.82

AMN Healthcare Services presently has a consensus price target of $46.00, indicating a potential upside of 27.60%. Acadia Healthcare Company has a consensus price target of $57.82, indicating a potential upside of 27.75%. Given Acadia Healthcare Company’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Acadia Healthcare Company is more favorable than AMN Healthcare Services.

Profitability

This table compares AMN Healthcare Services and Acadia Healthcare Company’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AMN Healthcare Services 5.80% 27.77% 10.31%
Acadia Healthcare Company 0.53% 8.89% 3.20%

Summary

Acadia Healthcare Company beats AMN Healthcare Services on 10 of the 15 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.

Acadia Healthcare Company Company Profile

Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. is a provider of behavioral healthcare services, with operations in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Company focuses on acquiring and developing behavioral healthcare facilities. The Company operates through two segments: U.S. Facilities and U.K. Facilities. The Company is engaged in operating acute inpatient psychiatric facilities, specialty treatment facilities, residential treatment centers and facilities providing outpatient behavioral healthcare services. As of December 31, 2016, the U.S. Facilities segment included 208 behavioral healthcare facilities with approximately 8,500 beds in 39 states and Puerto Rico, and the U.K. Facilities segment included 365 behavioral healthcare facilities with approximately 8,600 beds in the United Kingdom. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operated 573 behavioral healthcare facilities with approximately 17,100 beds in 39 states, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico.

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