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Universal Health Services, Inc is a medical care facilities business based in the US. Universal Health Services shares (UHS) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Universal Health Services employs 90,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$11.4 billion.
|52-week range||USD$65.2 - USD$143.545|
|50-day moving average||USD$131.5338|
|200-day moving average||USD$122.502|
|Wall St. target price||USD$148.64|
|Dividend yield||USD$0.4 (0.3%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$10.197|
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Valuing Universal Health Services stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Universal Health Services's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Universal Health Services's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 13x. In other words, Universal Health Services shares trade at around 13x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Universal Health Services's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.87. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Universal Health Services's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Universal Health Services's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.9 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Universal Health Services's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$11.4 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||12.17%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$4.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||7.04%|
|Return on equity TTM||15.52%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$11.4 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 1.3 million Universal Health Services shares held short by investors – that's known as Universal Health Services's "short interest". This figure is 18.4% up from 1.1 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Universal Health Services shares can be evaluated.
Universal Health Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Universal Health Services shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Universal Health Services shares traded daily (recently around 584393.36283186). Universal Health Services's SIR currently stands at 2.26. In other words for every 100,000 Universal Health Services shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2260 shares are currently held short.
However Universal Health Services's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Universal Health Services shares, or, against the total number of tradable Universal Health Services shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Universal Health Services's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Universal Health Services shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0197% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Universal Health Services shares, roughly 20 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Universal Health Services.
Find out more about how you can short Universal Health Services stock.
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Universal Health Services.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 38.87
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Universal Health Services's overall score of 38.87 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 79th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Universal Health Services is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Environmental score: 8.83/100
Universal Health Services's environmental score of 8.83 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Universal Health Services is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 25.18/100
Universal Health Services's social score of 25.18 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Universal Health Services is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 13.86/100
Universal Health Services's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Universal Health Services is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Universal Health Services scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Universal Health Services hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
|Total ESG score||38.87|
|Total ESG percentile||79.46|
|Environmental score percentile||7|
|Social score percentile||7|
|Governance score percentile||7|
|Level of controversy||3|
Dividend payout ratio: 2.65% of net profits
Recently Universal Health Services has paid out, on average, around 2.65% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.76% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Universal Health Services shareholders could enjoy a 0.76% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Universal Health Services's case, that would currently equate to about $0.4 per share.
While Universal Health Services's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Universal Health Services is investing more in its future growth.
Universal Health Services's most recent dividend payout was on 16 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 28 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Universal Health Services's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 16 December 2009. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Universal Health Services shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Universal Health Services shares which in turn could have impacted Universal Health Services's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Universal Health Services's shares have ranged in value from as little as $65.2 up to $143.545. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Universal Health Services's is 1.2081. This would suggest that Universal Health Services's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Universal Health Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, and behavioral health care facilities. The company operates through Acute Care Hospital Services, Behavioral Health Care Services, and Other segments. Its hospital offer general and specialty surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, pediatric services, pharmacy services, and/or behavioral health services. As of June 30, 2020, it owned and/or operated 356 inpatient facilities, and 41 outpatient and other facilities located in 37 states, Washington, D.C., the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico. The company also provides commercial health insurance services. Universal Health Services, Inc. founded in 1978 and is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
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