Comparing Kindred Healthcare (KND) & Air Methods (AIRM)

Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) and Air Methods (NASDAQ:AIRM) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Kindred Healthcare and Air Methods, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kindred Healthcare 1 4 1 0 2.00
Air Methods 0 3 1 0 2.25

Kindred Healthcare currently has a consensus target price of $8.83, suggesting a potential downside of 1.30%. Air Methods has a consensus target price of $43.00, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Given Air Methods’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Air Methods is more favorable than Kindred Healthcare.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.0% of Kindred Healthcare shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Kindred Healthcare shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.0% of Air Methods shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Kindred Healthcare and Air Methods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kindred Healthcare -8.06% 2.29% 0.30%
Air Methods 6.67% 14.18% 4.43%


Kindred Healthcare pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Air Methods does not pay a dividend. Kindred Healthcare pays out -2.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Kindred Healthcare and Air Methods’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kindred Healthcare $7.22 billion 0.11 -$664.23 million ($6.02) -1.49
Air Methods N/A N/A N/A $2.59 N/A

Air Methods has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Kindred Healthcare. Kindred Healthcare is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Air Methods, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Air Methods beats Kindred Healthcare on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kindred Healthcare Company Profile

Kindred Healthcare, Inc., incorporated on March 27, 1998, is a healthcare services company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates transitional care (TC) hospitals, a home health, hospice and community care business, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals (IRFs), a contract rehabilitation services business, nursing centers and assisted living facilities across the United States. The Company operates through divisions: the Kindred at Home division, the hospital division, the Kindred Rehabilitation Services division and the nursing center division. These divisions represent six segments: home health services, hospice services, hospitals, Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services, RehabCare and nursing centers. The home health services and hospice services operating segments are contained within the Kindred at Home division while the Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services and RehabCare operating segments are both contained within the Kindred Rehabilitation Services division.

Air Methods Company Profile

Air Methods Corporation is engaged in providing air medical emergency transport services and systems throughout the United States. The Company’s segments include Air Medical Services (AMS), Tourism and United Rotorcraft (UR) Division. As of December 31, 2016, its AMS Division provided air medical transportation services in 41 states to the general population as an independent service (also called community-based services) and to hospitals or other institutions under exclusive operating agreements (also called hospital-based services). It transports persons requiring intensive medical care from either the scene of an accident or general care hospitals to skilled trauma centers or tertiary care centers. As of December 31, 2016, its Air Medical Services Division operated 394 helicopters and 31 fixed wing aircrafts under both Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and Visual Flight Rules (VFR). As of December 31, 2016, its Tourism Division operated 63 helicopters and two fixed wing aircrafts.

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