Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX) and China Jo-Jo Drugstores (NASDAQ:CJJD) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.9% of Express Scripts shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.0% of China Jo-Jo Drugstores shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Express Scripts shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 31.3% of China Jo-Jo Drugstores shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Express Scripts and China Jo-Jo Drugstores’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Express Scripts $100.06 billion 0.52 $4.52 billion $7.10 13.00
China Jo-Jo Drugstores $107.55 million 0.33 -$930,000.00 N/A N/A

Express Scripts has higher revenue and earnings than China Jo-Jo Drugstores.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Express Scripts and China Jo-Jo Drugstores, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Express Scripts 0 6 2 0 2.25
China Jo-Jo Drugstores 0 0 0 0 N/A

Express Scripts currently has a consensus price target of $96.08, suggesting a potential upside of 4.07%. Given Express Scripts’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Express Scripts is more favorable than China Jo-Jo Drugstores.

Profitability

This table compares Express Scripts and China Jo-Jo Drugstores’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Express Scripts 4.83% 25.43% 8.94%
China Jo-Jo Drugstores -2.37% -15.04% -3.67%

Volatility and Risk

Express Scripts has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Jo-Jo Drugstores has a beta of 0.38, suggesting that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Express Scripts beats China Jo-Jo Drugstores on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Express Scripts Company Profile

Express Scripts Holding Company operates as a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in the United States and Canada. The company's PBM segment offers clinical solutions; and specialized pharmacy care, home delivery and specialty pharmacy, retail network pharmacy administration, benefit design consultation, drug utilization review, drug formulary management, public exchange, administration of group purchasing organization, and digital consumer health and drug information services. This segment also provides Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance marketplace products; Express Scripts SafeGuardRx, a suite of solutions targeting the therapy classes that pose clinical challenges and budgetary threat to its clients; and Inside Rx, a program that provide affordable access to medication for uninsured and underinsured individuals. Its Other Business Operations segment distributes specialty pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, including injectable and infusible pharmaceuticals and medications to treat specialty and rare/orphan diseases. This segment also provides medical benefit management solutions for radiology, cardiology, musculoskeletal disorders, sleep disorders, post-acute care, genetic lab, specialty pharmacy, and medical oncology. The company serves managed care organizations, health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers' compensation plans, government health programs, providers, clinics, hospitals, and others. As of December 31, 2017, it operated 4 automated dispensing home delivery pharmacies; 1 non-automated dispensing home delivery pharmacy; 7 non-dispensing order processing centers; 5 patient contact centers; 9 specialty home delivery pharmacies; and 34 specialty branch pharmacies. The company was formerly known as Aristotle Holding, Inc. and changed its name to Express Scripts Holding Company in April 2012. Express Scripts Holding Company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Saint Louis, Missouri.

China Jo-Jo Drugstores Company Profile

China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer and distributor of pharmaceutical and other healthcare products in the People's Republic of China. The company operates through four segments: Retail Drugstores, Online Pharmacy, Drug Wholesale, and Herb Farming. Its stores provide various pharmaceutical products, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, nutritional supplements, traditional Chinese medicines (TCM), personal and family care products, and medical devices, as well as convenience products, such as consumable, seasonal, and promotional items. The company also operates licensed doctors of Western medicine and TCM onsite for consultation, examination, and treatment of common ailments at scheduled hours. In addition, it operates dada360.com, an online drugstore that retails OTC drugs and nutritional supplements. Further, the company distributes third-party pharmaceutical products primarily to trading companies, as well as cultivates and wholesales herbs used for TCM. As of March 31, 2018, it had 122 retail pharmacies under the Jiuzhou Grand Pharmacy name, as well as operates 9 drugstores under the Jiuzhou Grand Pharmacy name in Zhejiang Province. China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc. is headquartered in Hangzhou, the People's Republic of China.

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