Financial Analysis: U.S. Physical Therapy (USPH) versus Birner Dental Mgmt Services (BDMS)

U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE:USPH) and Birner Dental Mgmt Services (OTCMKTS:BDMS) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for U.S. Physical Therapy and Birner Dental Mgmt Services, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
U.S. Physical Therapy 0 4 0 0 2.00
Birner Dental Mgmt Services 0 0 0 0 N/A

U.S. Physical Therapy presently has a consensus target price of $106.00, suggesting a potential downside of 8.15%. Given U.S. Physical Therapy’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe U.S. Physical Therapy is more favorable than Birner Dental Mgmt Services.

Profitability

This table compares U.S. Physical Therapy and Birner Dental Mgmt Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
U.S. Physical Therapy 5.58% 17.64% 8.56%
Birner Dental Mgmt Services -4.93% N/A -17.94%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares U.S. Physical Therapy and Birner Dental Mgmt Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
U.S. Physical Therapy $414.05 million 3.54 $22.25 million $2.08 55.49
Birner Dental Mgmt Services $60.71 million 0.32 -$2.64 million N/A N/A

U.S. Physical Therapy has higher revenue and earnings than Birner Dental Mgmt Services.

Dividends

U.S. Physical Therapy pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Birner Dental Mgmt Services does not pay a dividend. U.S. Physical Therapy pays out 44.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. U.S. Physical Therapy has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.6% of U.S. Physical Therapy shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of U.S. Physical Therapy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 41.4% of Birner Dental Mgmt Services shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

U.S. Physical Therapy has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Birner Dental Mgmt Services has a beta of -0.91, suggesting that its stock price is 191% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

U.S. Physical Therapy beats Birner Dental Mgmt Services on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

U.S. Physical Therapy Company Profile

U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates outpatient physical therapy clinics that provide pre-and post-operative care and treatment for orthopedic-related disorders, sports-related injuries, preventative care, rehabilitation of injured workers, and neurological-related injuries. It provides workforce performance solutions, including onsite injury prevention and rehabilitation, performance optimization and ergonomic assessments for Fortune 500 companies, and other clients comprising insurers and their contractors. As of March 13, 2018, it operated 579 outpatient physical therapy clinics in 42 states; and managed 28 physical therapy facilities for unaffiliated third parties, including hospitals and physician groups. The company was founded in 1990 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Birner Dental Mgmt Services Company Profile

Birner Dental Management Services, Inc. provides business services to dental practices in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. It offers general dentistry services, including crowns and bridges; fillings, such as gold, porcelain, and composite inlays/onlays; implants; and aesthetic procedures, which include porcelain veneers and bleaching. The company also provides cleanings and periodontal services comprising root planing and scaling; and specialty dental services consisting of orthodontics, oral surgery, pediatrics, endodontics, and periodontics. It serves dentists, patients, and third-party payors. As of December 31, 2017, the company managed 68 offices, including 47 in Colorado, 11 in New Mexico, and 10 in Arizona under the PERFECT TEETH name. Birner Dental Management Services, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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