HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) and Streamline Health Solutions (NASDAQ:STRM) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HCA Healthcare 6.13% -47.16% 7.23%
Streamline Health Solutions -16.88% -40.97% -10.96%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares HCA Healthcare and Streamline Health Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HCA Healthcare $41.49 billion 0.72 $2.89 billion $7.03 12.09
Streamline Health Solutions $27.06 million 1.18 -$5.16 million ($0.21) -7.62

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.3% of HCA Healthcare shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.9% of Streamline Health Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of HCA Healthcare shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.1% of Streamline Health Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

HCA Healthcare has a beta of 0.55, meaning that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Streamline Health Solutions has a beta of 0.05, meaning that its share price is 95% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for HCA Healthcare and Streamline Health Solutions, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HCA Healthcare 2 4 17 0 2.65
Streamline Health Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A

HCA Healthcare presently has a consensus price target of $87.32, indicating a potential upside of 2.77%. Given HCA Healthcare’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe HCA Healthcare is more favorable than Streamline Health Solutions.

Summary

HCA Healthcare beats Streamline Health Solutions on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About HCA Healthcare

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.

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.

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