Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) and HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited has a beta of 0.87, indicating that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HCA Holdings has a beta of 0.5, indicating that its share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

12.6% of Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.7% of HCA Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 46.5% of Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of HCA Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited and HCA Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited N/A N/A N/A
HCA Holdings 6.13% -47.16% 7.23%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited and HCA Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited 0 0 0 0 N/A
HCA Holdings 0 5 16 0 2.76

HCA Holdings has a consensus target price of $89.90, suggesting a potential upside of 17.62%. Given HCA Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe HCA Holdings is more favorable than Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited and HCA Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited $65.54 million 2.51 -$37.71 million N/A N/A
HCA Holdings $41.49 billion 0.67 $2.89 billion $7.03 10.87

HCA Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited.

Summary

HCA Holdings beats Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited Company Profile

Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited is engaged in the leasing of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging equipment, the provision of management services to hospitals. The Company is also engaged in hospital operations. The Company’s segments are network and premium cancer hospital. The Company operates a network of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging centers in China. Its network consists of approximately 130 cooperative centers based in over 70 hospitals, spanning approximately 60 cities across 25 provinces and administrative regions in China. Its network includes approximately 60 radiotherapy centers and over 60 diagnostic imaging centers and approximately seven centers. The Company’s cooperative centers are equipped with a primary unit of medical equipment, such as a linear accelerator, head gamma knife system, body gamma knife system, positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) scanner or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.

HCA Holdings Company Profile

HCA Healthcare, Inc., formerly HCA Holdings, Inc., is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates hospitals and related healthcare entities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated in two geographically organized groups, including the National and American Groups. As of December 31, 2016, the National Group included 84 hospitals, which were located in Alaska, California, Florida, southern Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, northern Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. As of December 31, 2016, the American Group included 80 hospitals, which were located in Colorado, northern Georgia, Kansas, southern Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated six hospitals in England. The Company owns, manages or operates hospitals, freestanding surgery centers and freestanding emergency care facilities, walk-in clinics, diagnostic and imaging centers, among others.

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