Reviewing Amedisys (NASDAQ:AMED) and AdCare Health Systems (ADK)

Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED) and AdCare Health Systems (NYSE:ADK) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Amedisys and AdCare Health Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amedisys $1.45 billion 1.17 $105.65 million $1.17 42.95
AdCare Health Systems $25.53 million 0.72 $11.04 million N/A N/A

Amedisys has higher revenue and earnings than AdCare Health Systems.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Amedisys and AdCare Health Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amedisys 0 4 4 0 2.50
AdCare Health Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Amedisys currently has a consensus target price of $56.14, suggesting a potential upside of 11.73%. Given Amedisys’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Amedisys is more favorable than AdCare Health Systems.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.5% of Amedisys shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Amedisys shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Amedisys and AdCare Health Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amedisys 2.70% 13.71% 8.56%
AdCare Health Systems -8.79% N/A -1.91%

Summary

Amedisys beats AdCare Health Systems on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Amedisys

Amedisys, Inc. is a healthcare services company. The Company’s segments are Home Health, Hospice, Personal Care and Other. The Company is a provider of home health, hospice and personal care services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 327 Medicare-certified home healthcare centers, 79 Medicare-certified hospice care centers and 14 personal-care care centers in 34 states within the United States and the District of Columbia. The Company’s Home Health segment provides compassionate healthcare to help its patients recover from surgery or illness, live with chronic diseases, and prevent avoidable hospital readmissions. The Hospice segment provides support for those who are dealing with a terminal illness. The Personal care segment provides patients with assistance with the essential activities of daily living.

About AdCare Health Systems

AdCare Health Systems, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a self-managed real estate investment company that invests in real estate purposed for long-term care and senior living. The Company’s business principally consists of leasing and subleasing such facilities to third-party tenants, which operate the facilities. The Company owns, leases, or manages for third parties approximately 40 facilities mainly in the Southeast. Its portfolio consists of over 30 skilled nursing facilities, approximately two assisted living facilities and an independent living facility. The Company’s facilities provide a range of healthcare and related services to patients and residents, including skilled nursing and assisted living services, social services, various therapy services, and other rehabilitative and healthcare services for both long-term and short-stay patients and residents.

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