Streamline Health Solutions (STRM) versus HCA Healthcare (HCA) Head-To-Head Survey

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Streamline Health Solutions -16.88% -40.97% -10.96%
HCA Healthcare 4.96% N/A 6.05%

Volatility & Risk

Streamline Health Solutions has a beta of 0.06, indicating that its share price is 94% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HCA Healthcare has a beta of 0.55, indicating that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Streamline Health Solutions and HCA Healthcare’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Streamline Health Solutions $27.06 million 1.23 -$5.16 million ($0.21) -7.90
HCA Healthcare $41.49 billion 0.79 $2.89 billion $7.03 13.23

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.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Streamline Health Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A
HCA Healthcare 2 4 16 0 2.64

HCA Healthcare has a consensus price target of $87.83, indicating a potential downside of 5.57%. Given HCA Healthcare’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe HCA Healthcare is more favorable than Streamline Health Solutions.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

35.9% of Streamline Health Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.3% of HCA Healthcare shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.1% of Streamline Health Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of HCA Healthcare shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

HCA Healthcare beats Streamline Health Solutions on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Streamline Health Solutions Company Profile

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.

HCA Healthcare Company Profile

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.

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