Streamline Health Solutions (NASDAQ: STRM) and Kindred Healthcare (NYSE:KND) are both small-cap healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Streamline Health Solutions and Kindred Healthcare’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Streamline Health Solutions -16.88% -40.97% -10.96%
Kindred Healthcare -8.06% 2.29% 0.30%

Risk and Volatility

Streamline Health Solutions has a beta of 0.05, indicating that its stock price is 95% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kindred Healthcare has a beta of 1.2, indicating that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

35.9% of Streamline Health Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.2% of Kindred Healthcare shares are held by institutional investors. 26.1% of Streamline Health Solutions shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of Kindred Healthcare shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Streamline Health Solutions and Kindred Healthcare’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Streamline Health Solutions $27.06 million 1.29 -$5.16 million ($0.21) -8.33
Kindred Healthcare $7.22 billion 0.12 -$664.23 million ($6.02) -1.63

Streamline Health Solutions has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Kindred Healthcare. Streamline Health Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Kindred Healthcare, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Kindred Healthcare pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Streamline Health Solutions does not pay a dividend. Kindred Healthcare pays out -2.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Streamline Health Solutions and Kindred Healthcare, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Streamline Health Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kindred Healthcare 1 4 1 0 2.00

Kindred Healthcare has a consensus target price of $8.83, suggesting a potential downside of 9.86%. Given Kindred Healthcare’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Kindred Healthcare is more favorable than Streamline Health Solutions.

Summary

Kindred Healthcare beats Streamline Health Solutions on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Streamline Health Solutions

Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. is engaged in providing healthcare information technology through the licensing of its Electronic Health Information Management, Patient Financial, Coding and Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI), and other Workflow software applications, and the use of such applications by software as a service. The Company also provides implementation and consulting services to complement its software solutions. The Company provides computer software-based solutions through its Looking Glass platform. The Company sells its solutions and services in North America to hospitals and health systems, including physician practices, through its direct sales force and its reseller partnerships. The Company’s software and services allow hospitals and integrated healthcare delivery systems in the United States and Canada to capture, store, manage, route, retrieve and process patient clinical, financial and other healthcare provider information.

About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, Inc., incorporated on March 27, 1998, is a healthcare services company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates transitional care (TC) hospitals, a home health, hospice and community care business, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals (IRFs), a contract rehabilitation services business, nursing centers and assisted living facilities across the United States. The Company operates through divisions: the Kindred at Home division, the hospital division, the Kindred Rehabilitation Services division and the nursing center division. These divisions represent six segments: home health services, hospice services, hospitals, Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services, RehabCare and nursing centers. The home health services and hospice services operating segments are contained within the Kindred at Home division while the Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services and RehabCare operating segments are both contained within the Kindred Rehabilitation Services division.

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