Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH) & First Physicians Capital Group (NYSE:FPCG) Financial Review

Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH) and First Physicians Capital Group (OTCMKTS:FPCG) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Community Health Systems and First Physicians Capital Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Community Health Systems $13.21 billion 0.05 -$675.00 million ($0.89) -5.72
First Physicians Capital Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

First Physicians Capital Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Community Health Systems.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Community Health Systems and First Physicians Capital Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Community Health Systems 0 4 1 0 2.20
First Physicians Capital Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Community Health Systems currently has a consensus target price of $5.50, indicating a potential upside of 8.06%. Given Community Health Systems’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Community Health Systems is more favorable than First Physicians Capital Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.1% of Community Health Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.6% of Community Health Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of First Physicians Capital Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Community Health Systems has a beta of 1.93, meaning that its stock price is 93% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Physicians Capital Group has a beta of -14.51, meaning that its stock price is 1,551% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Community Health Systems and First Physicians Capital Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Community Health Systems -2.50% N/A -0.45%
First Physicians Capital Group N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Community Health Systems beats First Physicians Capital Group on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Community Health Systems

Community Health Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, owns, leases, and operates general acute care hospitals in the United States. The company offers general acute care, emergency room, general and specialty surgery, critical care, internal medicine, obstetrics, diagnostic, psychiatric, and rehabilitation services, as well as skilled nursing and home care services. It also provides outpatient services at urgent care centers, occupational medicine clinics, imaging centers, cancer centers, and ambulatory surgery centers. As of December 31, 2018, it owned or leased 113 hospitals, including 111 general acute care hospitals and 2 stand-alone rehabilitation or psychiatric hospitals with an aggregate of 18,227 licensed beds. Community Health Systems, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.

About First Physicians Capital Group

First Physicians Capital Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides management, financial, and ancillary healthcare and IT services to the rural and community hospital market in the United States. The company offers hospital administration, billing and revenue cycle management, insurance, and medical supplies services, as well as finance, accounting, and tax services. It also provides physician and nurse staffing services, as well as administrative staffing, including hospital administrator, billing and coding, and non-healthcare provider personnel; and ancillary healthcare and IT services comprising electronic health and medical records solutions, radiology and diagnostic imaging, pathology and laboratory, emergency room care, and physical therapy and rehabilitation services. In addition, the company invests in, manages, and develops properties associated with the delivery of healthcare services consisting of critical access and physician-owned hospitals; federally and state-funded medical clinics; outpatient facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient surgical centers, and ancillary services facilities; medical office buildings; and medical equipment, such as CT, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, and surgical equipment. Further, it owns a medical clinic in Oklahoma. The company was formerly known as Tri-Isthmus Group, Inc. and changed its name to First Physicians Capital Group, Inc. in September 2009. First Physicians Capital Group, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is based in Beverly Hills, California.

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