Alignment Healthcare (NASDAQ:ALHC – Get Free Report) and CVS Health (NYSE:CVS – Get Free Report) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation and dividends.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
85.6% of Alignment Healthcare shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.0% of CVS Health shares are held by institutional investors. 6.3% of Alignment Healthcare shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of CVS Health shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Alignment Healthcare and CVS Health, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Alignment Healthcare and CVS Health’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Alignment Healthcare||$1.43 billion||0.76||-$149.55 million||($0.88)||-6.53|
|CVS Health||$322.47 billion||0.26||$4.15 billion||$2.28||28.80|
CVS Health has higher revenue and earnings than Alignment Healthcare. Alignment Healthcare is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CVS Health, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Alignment Healthcare and CVS Health’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Volatility and Risk
Alignment Healthcare has a beta of 1.62, suggesting that its share price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CVS Health has a beta of 0.63, suggesting that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.
CVS Health beats Alignment Healthcare on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Alignment Healthcare
Alignment Healthcare, Inc., a tech-enabled Medicare advantage company, operates consumer-centric health care platform. It provides customized health care in the United States to seniors and those who need it through its Medicare advantage plans. The company owns Medicare advantage plans in the states of California, North Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, and Texas. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Orange, California.
About CVS Health
CVS Health Corporation provides health services in the United States. It operates through Health Care Benefits, Pharmacy Services, and Retail/LTC segments. The Health Care Benefits segment offers traditional, voluntary, and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services. It serves employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups, and expatriates. The Pharmacy Services segment offers pharmacy benefit management solutions, including plan design and administration, formulary management, retail pharmacy network management, mail order pharmacy, specialty pharmacy and infusion, clinical, and disease and medical spend management services. It serves employers, insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, health plans, prescription drug plans, Medicaid managed care plans, plans offered on public health insurance and private health insurance exchanges, other sponsors of health benefit plans, and individuals. This segment operates retail specialty pharmacy stores; and specialty mail-order, mail-order dispensing, and compounding pharmacies, as well as branches for infusion and enteral nutrition services. The Retail/LTC segment sells prescription and over-the-counter drugs, consumer health and beauty products, and personal care products; and provides health care services through its MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics. This segment also distributes prescription drugs; and provides related pharmacy consulting and other ancillary services to care facilities and other care settings. The company was formerly known as CVS Caremark Corporation and changed its name to CVS Health Corporation in September 2014. CVS Health Corporation was incorporated in 1996 and is headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
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