Castlight Health, inc. (NYSE: CSLT) and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (NASDAQ:MDRX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Castlight Health, inc. and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Castlight Health, inc. 1 4 2 0 2.14
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions 1 7 9 0 2.47

Castlight Health, inc. currently has a consensus price target of $4.63, suggesting a potential upside of 21.71%. Allscripts Healthcare Solutions has a consensus price target of $14.43, suggesting a potential upside of 10.86%. Given Castlight Health, inc.’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Castlight Health, inc. is more favorable than Allscripts Healthcare Solutions.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Castlight Health, inc. and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Castlight Health, inc. $115.24 million 4.34 -$48.77 million ($0.45) -8.44
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions $1.66 billion 1.42 $160.09 million ($1.06) -12.28

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

Profitability

This table compares Castlight Health, inc. and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Castlight Health, inc. -42.54% -36.30% -24.42%
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions -11.54% 5.97% 1.96%

Volatility and Risk

Castlight Health, inc. has a beta of 1.65, meaning that its stock price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions has a beta of 1.39, meaning that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

40.2% of Castlight Health, inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.4% of Castlight Health, inc. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions beats Castlight Health, inc. on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Castlight Health, inc. Company Profile

Castlight Health, Inc. offers a health benefits platform that engages employees to make healthcare decisions, and enables employers to communicate and measure their benefit programs. The Company operates through cloud-based products segment. Its technology offering aggregates data and applies analytics to make healthcare data transparent. Its products deliver employee engagement and enable employers to integrate benefit programs into a single platform available to employees and their families. Its health benefits platform engages external data and its substantial user base to provide a single, end-to-end solution that engages employees through personalized and relevant communications. Its offering provides employers the opportunity to communicate, measure, and get value out of their benefits and programs on a real-time basis. It offers cross-sell products, such as Castlight Action, Castlight Pharmacy, Castlight Dental, Castlight Elevate, Castlight Protect and Castlight Rewards.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Company Profile

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (Allscripts) delivers information technology (IT) solutions and services to help healthcare organizations. The Company operates through three segments: Clinical and Financial Solutions, Population Health, and Netsmart. The Clinical and Financial Solutions segment includes the sale of integrated clinical software applications and financial and information solutions. The Population Health segment includes the sale of health management and coordinated care solutions, which focus on hospitals, health systems, other care facilities and accountable care organizations (ACOs). The Netsmart segment provides software and technology solutions to the health and human services industry, which includes behavioral health, addiction treatment, intellectual and developmental disability services, child and family services and public health segments, as well as to post-acute home care organizations.

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