Head to Head Comparison: Air Methods Corp (AIRM) vs. The Providence Service Corporation (PRSC)
Air Methods Corp (NASDAQ: AIRM) and The Providence Service Corporation (NASDAQ:PRSC) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Air Methods Corp and The Providence Service Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Air Methods Corp||0||3||1||0||2.25|
|The Providence Service Corporation||0||1||1||0||2.50|
Air Methods Corp currently has a consensus price target of $42.50, indicating a potential downside of 1.05%. The Providence Service Corporation has a consensus price target of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.11%. Given The Providence Service Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe The Providence Service Corporation is more favorable than Air Methods Corp.
Risk and Volatility
Air Methods Corp has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Providence Service Corporation has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Air Methods Corp and The Providence Service Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Air Methods Corp||6.67%||14.18%||4.43%|
|The Providence Service Corporation||4.11%||6.94%||2.46%|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
93.4% of The Providence Service Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.0% of Air Methods Corp shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 18.9% of The Providence Service Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Air Methods Corp and The Providence Service Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Air Methods Corp||N/A||N/A||N/A||$2.59||16.58|
|The Providence Service Corporation||$1.61 billion||0.47||$68.15 million||$4.65||11.93|
The Providence Service Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Air Methods Corp. The Providence Service Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Air Methods Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
The Providence Service Corporation beats Air Methods Corp on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
Air Methods Corp Company Profile
Air Methods Corporation is engaged in providing air medical emergency transport services and systems throughout the United States. The Company’s segments include Air Medical Services (AMS), Tourism and United Rotorcraft (UR) Division. As of December 31, 2016, its AMS Division provided air medical transportation services in 41 states to the general population as an independent service (also called community-based services) and to hospitals or other institutions under exclusive operating agreements (also called hospital-based services). It transports persons requiring intensive medical care from either the scene of an accident or general care hospitals to skilled trauma centers or tertiary care centers. As of December 31, 2016, its Air Medical Services Division operated 394 helicopters and 31 fixed wing aircrafts under both Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and Visual Flight Rules (VFR). As of December 31, 2016, its Tourism Division operated 63 helicopters and two fixed wing aircrafts.
The Providence Service Corporation Company Profile
The Providence Service Corporation (Providence) is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the provision of healthcare and workforce development services for public and private sector entities. The Company’s segments include Non-Emergency Transportation Services (NET Services), Workforce Development Services (WD Services) and Matrix Investment. NET Services segment includes nationwide provider of non-emergency medical transportation programs for state governments and managed care organizations. WD Services segment is a global provider of employment preparation and placement and legal offender rehabilitation services to eligible participants of government sponsored programs. Matrix Investment segment includes minority interest in nationwide provider of in-home care optimization and management solutions, including comprehensive health assessments (CHAs), to members of managed care organizations, accounted for as an equity method investment.
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