Coventry Health Care (CVH) and Anthem (ANTM) Head to Head Review

Coventry Health Care (NYSE: CVH) and Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.4% of Anthem shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Anthem shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Anthem pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Coventry Health Care does not pay a dividend. Anthem pays out 25.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Coventry Health Care has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Coventry Health Care and Anthem’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Coventry Health Care N/A N/A N/A $3.29 N/A
Anthem $84.86 billion 0.68 $2.47 billion $11.06 20.34

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


This table compares Coventry Health Care and Anthem’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Coventry Health Care N/A N/A N/A
Anthem 3.35% 12.97% 4.97%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Coventry Health Care and Anthem, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coventry Health Care 0 0 0 0 N/A
Anthem 0 7 9 0 2.56

Anthem has a consensus price target of $201.54, indicating a potential downside of 10.43%.


Anthem beats Coventry Health Care on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Coventry Health Care

Coventry Health Care, Inc. (Coventry) is a diversified national managed healthcare company based in Bethesda, Maryland. Coventry operates health plans, insurance companies, network rental and workers’ compensation services companies. The Company operates in three segments: Health Plan and Medical Services, Specialized Managed Care, and Workers’ Compensation. On January 1, 2012 the Company completed its acquisition of Children’s Mercy’s Family Health Partners, a Medicaid health plan. In May 2013, Aetna Inc announced it has completed its acquisition of Coventry Health Care, Inc.

About Anthem

Anthem, Inc. is a health benefits company. The Company operates through three segments: Commercial and Specialty Business, Government Business and Other. It offers a spectrum of network-based managed care plans to large and small employer, individual, Medicaid and Medicare markets. Its managed care plans include preferred provider organizations; health maintenance organizations; point-of-service plans; indemnity plans and other hybrid plans, including consumer-driven health plans; and hospital only and limited benefit products. It also provides an array of managed care services to self-funded customers, including claims processing, underwriting, stop loss insurance, actuarial services, provider network access, medical cost management, disease management, wellness programs and other administrative services. It provides an array of specialty and other insurance products and services, such as dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits and radiology benefit management.

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