Analyzing The Providence Service (PRSC) & Surgical Care Affiliates (SCAI)

The Providence Service (NASDAQ: PRSC) and Surgical Care Affiliates (NASDAQ:SCAI) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares The Providence Service and Surgical Care Affiliates’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Providence Service $1.58 billion 0.54 $91.92 million $5.58 11.55
Surgical Care Affiliates N/A N/A N/A $0.86 N/A

The Providence Service has higher revenue and earnings than Surgical Care Affiliates. Surgical Care Affiliates is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than The Providence Service, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares The Providence Service and Surgical Care Affiliates’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Providence Service 4.91% 6.29% 2.63%
Surgical Care Affiliates 21.52% 13.07% 12.83%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for The Providence Service and Surgical Care Affiliates, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Providence Service 0 0 1 0 3.00
Surgical Care Affiliates 0 0 0 0 N/A

The Providence Service presently has a consensus target price of $67.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.97%.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.0% of The Providence Service shares are held by institutional investors. 18.9% of The Providence Service shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of Surgical Care Affiliates shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


The Providence Service beats Surgical Care Affiliates on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About The Providence Service

The Providence Service Corporation (Providence) is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the provision of healthcare and workforce development services for public and private sector entities. The Company’s segments include Non-Emergency Transportation Services (NET Services), Workforce Development Services (WD Services) and Matrix Investment. NET Services segment includes nationwide provider of non-emergency medical transportation programs for state governments and managed care organizations. WD Services segment is a global provider of employment preparation and placement and legal offender rehabilitation services to eligible participants of government sponsored programs. Matrix Investment segment includes minority interest in nationwide provider of in-home care optimization and management solutions, including comprehensive health assessments (CHAs), to members of managed care organizations, accounted for as an equity method investment.

About Surgical Care Affiliates

Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc. is a provider of solutions to physicians, health plans and health systems to optimize surgical care. The Company offers tools and systems in the areas of clinical benchmarking, clinical best practices, operating efficiency, care coordination and supply chain management. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated a network of surgical facilities in the United States, which included 197 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and seven surgical hospitals in partnership with approximately 3,000 physician partners. The Company’s operations consist of its ownership and management of ASCs and surgical hospitals. Its ASCs provide the facilities, equipment, supplies and clinical support staff necessary to provide non-emergency surgical services to patients not requiring hospitalization. Its surgical hospitals allow physicians to perform a range of surgical procedures, including surgeries, and allow patients to stay in the hospital for several nights to recover.

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