Express Scripts (ESRX) & HealthWarehouse.com (HEWA) Critical Survey

HealthWarehouse.com (OTCMKTS: HEWA) and Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

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HealthWarehouse.com has a beta of -4.22, suggesting that its share price is 522% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Express Scripts has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.3% of Express Scripts shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.5% of HealthWarehouse.com shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of Express Scripts shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for HealthWarehouse.com and Express Scripts, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HealthWarehouse.com 0 0 0 0 N/A
Express Scripts 3 11 5 0 2.11

Express Scripts has a consensus price target of $81.82, indicating a potential upside of 11.34%. Given Express Scripts’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Express Scripts is more favorable than HealthWarehouse.com.

Profitability

This table compares HealthWarehouse.com and Express Scripts’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HealthWarehouse.com N/A N/A N/A
Express Scripts 4.51% 25.19% 8.00%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares HealthWarehouse.com and Express Scripts’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HealthWarehouse.com $14.85 million 1.84 $370,000.00 N/A N/A
Express Scripts $100.06 billion 0.41 $4.52 billion $7.10 10.35

Express Scripts has higher revenue and earnings than HealthWarehouse.com.

Summary

Express Scripts beats HealthWarehouse.com on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About HealthWarehouse.com

HealthWarehouse.com, Inc. operates an online mail order pharmacy. The company markets a range of generic, brand name, and pet prescription medicines, as well as over-the-counter (OTC) medications and products. It sells its products in 50 states and the District of Columbia in the United States to focus on the out-of-pocket prescription drug market. The company sells prescription medications and OTC products to individual consumers over the Internet. HealthWarehouse.com, Inc. is headquartered in Florence, Kentucky.

About Express Scripts

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.

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