Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and McKesson Corporation (MCK) Head to Head Survey

Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ: WBA) and McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK) are both large-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

Walgreens Boots Alliance has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, McKesson Corporation has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Walgreens Boots Alliance and McKesson Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Walgreens Boots Alliance 0 7 13 0 2.65
McKesson Corporation 1 5 8 0 2.50

Walgreens Boots Alliance currently has a consensus price target of $87.17, suggesting a potential upside of 24.05%. McKesson Corporation has a consensus price target of $173.21, suggesting a potential upside of 25.47%. Given McKesson Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe McKesson Corporation is more favorable than Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

63.6% of Walgreens Boots Alliance shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.9% of McKesson Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.5% of Walgreens Boots Alliance shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of McKesson Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Walgreens Boots Alliance pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. McKesson Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Walgreens Boots Alliance pays out 42.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. McKesson Corporation pays out 6.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. McKesson Corporation has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Walgreens Boots Alliance and McKesson Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Walgreens Boots Alliance $118.21 billion 0.60 $4.08 billion $3.78 18.59
McKesson Corporation $198.53 billion 0.14 $5.07 billion $21.09 6.55

McKesson Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Walgreens Boots Alliance. McKesson Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Walgreens Boots Alliance, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Walgreens Boots Alliance and McKesson Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Walgreens Boots Alliance 3.45% 18.36% 7.73%
McKesson Corporation 2.24% 24.87% 4.27%

Summary

McKesson Corporation beats Walgreens Boots Alliance on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Walgreens Boots Alliance) is a holding company. The Company is a global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Walgreens Boots Alliance operates through three divisions, including Retail Pharmacy USA, Retail Pharmacy International and Pharmaceutical Wholesale. The Company’s products are marketed under a number of brands, which include No7, the Botanics range, Almus (generic medicines), Boots Pharmaceuticals and Soap & Glory (bathing and beauty brand). In addition, the Company has investments in Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Limited. The Company operates in around 25 countries, which include the wholesale and distribution network with over 340 distribution centers and more than 180,000 pharmacies, health centers and hospitals in 19 countries.

About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation (McKesson) is engaged in delivering pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and healthcare information technology. The Company operates through two segments: McKesson Distribution Solutions and Technology Solutions. The McKesson Distribution Solutions segment distributes drugs and equipment, and health and beauty care products across North America and internationally. The Distribution Solutions segment provides pharmaceutical solutions for biotech and pharmaceutical manufacturers, and practice management, technology, clinical support and business solutions to oncology and other specialty practices operating in the community setting. The Technology Solutions segment delivers clinical, patient care, financial, supply chain and strategic management software solutions, as well as connectivity, outsourcing and other services. Its McKesson Health Solutions portfolio includes ClarityQx, which is a payment technology.

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