First Choice Healthcare Solutions (OTCMKTS: FCHS) is one of 21 public companies in the “Medical laboratories” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare First Choice Healthcare Solutions to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of First Choice Healthcare Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.6% of shares of all “Medical laboratories” companies are held by institutional investors. 30.8% of First Choice Healthcare Solutions shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.4% of shares of all “Medical laboratories” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for First Choice Healthcare Solutions and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Choice Healthcare Solutions 0 1 2 0 2.67
First Choice Healthcare Solutions Competitors 119 517 608 30 2.43

First Choice Healthcare Solutions presently has a consensus target price of $2.50, suggesting a potential upside of 110.08%. As a group, “Medical laboratories” companies have a potential downside of 6.69%. Given First Choice Healthcare Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe First Choice Healthcare Solutions is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares First Choice Healthcare Solutions and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
First Choice Healthcare Solutions $28.74 million -$3.88 million -7.93
First Choice Healthcare Solutions Competitors $1.13 billion $76.65 million 357.80

First Choice Healthcare Solutions’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than First Choice Healthcare Solutions. First Choice Healthcare Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares First Choice Healthcare Solutions and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Choice Healthcare Solutions -12.79% -25.35% -15.86%
First Choice Healthcare Solutions Competitors -93.52% -214.30% -36.95%

Risk and Volatility

First Choice Healthcare Solutions has a beta of -0.53, suggesting that its share price is 153% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Choice Healthcare Solutions’ peers have a beta of 1.29, suggesting that their average share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

First Choice Healthcare Solutions beats its peers on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

First Choice Healthcare Solutions Company Profile

First Choice Healthcare Solutions, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides healthcare services in the United States. Its network of non-physician-owned medical centers offer musculoskeletal and rehabilitative care services specializing in orthopaedics, spine surgery, interventional pain management, and ambulatory surgical care. The company also provides ancillary and diagnostic services comprising magnetic resonance imaging, X-ray, durable medical equipment, and physical/occupational therapy. In addition, it subleases 29,629 square feet of commercial office space to affiliated and nonaffiliated tenants. The company is headquartered in Melbourne, Florida.

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