Capital Senior Living (NYSE: CSU) and Emeritus (NYSE:ESC) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.8% of Capital Senior Living shares are held by institutional investors. 19.8% of Capital Senior Living shares are held 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Capital Senior Living and Emeritus, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Capital Senior Living 0 1 1 0 2.50
Emeritus 0 0 0 0 N/A

Capital Senior Living currently has a consensus price target of $18.00, suggesting a potential upside of 11.46%.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Capital Senior Living and Emeritus’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Capital Senior Living $447.45 million 1.10 -$28.01 million ($1.66) -9.73
Emeritus N/A N/A N/A ($3.16) N/A

Emeritus has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Capital Senior Living. Capital Senior Living is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Emeritus, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Capital Senior Living and Emeritus’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Capital Senior Living -10.37% -8.97% -0.74%
Emeritus N/A N/A N/A


Capital Senior Living beats Emeritus on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Capital Senior Living

Capital Senior Living Corporation is an operator of senior housing communities in the United States. The Company provides senior living services to the elderly, including independent living and assisted living services, and provides home care services at one of its communities. Its continuum of care integrates independent living and assisted living and is bridged by home care through independent home care agencies or its home care agency, sustains residents’ autonomy and independence based on their physical and mental abilities. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 129 senior housing communities in 23 states with an aggregate capacity of approximately 16,500 residents, including 79 senior housing communities, which it owned and 50 senior housing communities it leased. As of December 31, 2016, it also operated one home care agency. It offers assisted living care and services, including personal care services, around the clock staffing, support services and supplemental services.

About Emeritus

Emeritus Corporation (Emeritus) is engaged in operations of senior living communities in the United States. The Company owns and operates a portfolio of communities providing services to its residents, including independent living, assisted living, specialized memory care, and, to a lesser extent, skilled nursing care. The Company provides a variety of supportive living services in a professionally staffed environment that enables seniors to live with dignity and independence. During the year ending December 31, 2012, the Company added home healthcare to its service offerings, through its acquisition of Florida-based Nurse on Call, Inc. (NOC). As of December 31, 2012, the Company operated 483 senior living communities in 45 states. The communities consisted of approximately 43,000 residential rooms or suites (collectively units) with a resident capacity for approximately 50,100 residents.

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