Nobilis Health Corp (NYSE: HLTH) and HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE:HLS) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Nobilis Health Corp and HealthSouth Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nobilis Health Corp N/A N/A N/A
HealthSouth Corporation 6.80% 28.73% 5.66%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.6% of HealthSouth Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of HealthSouth Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Nobilis Health Corp and HealthSouth Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nobilis Health Corp 0 2 2 0 2.50
HealthSouth Corporation 1 2 6 0 2.56

Nobilis Health Corp presently has a consensus target price of $3.10, suggesting a potential upside of 67.57%. HealthSouth Corporation has a consensus target price of $47.92, suggesting a potential upside of 1.22%. Given Nobilis Health Corp’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Nobilis Health Corp is more favorable than HealthSouth Corporation.

Dividends

HealthSouth Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Nobilis Health Corp does not pay a dividend. HealthSouth Corporation pays out 36.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. HealthSouth Corporation has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Nobilis Health Corp and HealthSouth Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nobilis Health Corp $303.16 million 0.47 $25.57 million N/A N/A
HealthSouth Corporation $3.71 billion 1.14 $824.90 million $2.67 17.73

HealthSouth Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Nobilis Health Corp.

Summary

HealthSouth Corporation beats Nobilis Health Corp on 13 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nobilis Health Corp Company Profile

Nobilis Health Corp. (Nobilis) owns and manages healthcare facilities in the States of Texas and Arizona, consisting primarily of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and acute-care and surgical hospitals. The Company’s segments include Medical Services, Marketing Services and Corporate. The Medical Services segment owns and manages approximately nine healthcare facilities in Texas and Arizona; over four hospitals, and approximately five ambulatory surgery centers. The Marketing Services segment provides marketing services, patient education services and patient care co-ordination management services. The Company provides care across a range of specialties in its facilities, including orthopedic surgery, podiatric surgery, pain management, gastro-intestinal, gynecology, and general surgery. Many of its surgical patients require additional complementary healthcare services, and its suite of ancillary services, including surgical assist, intraoperative neuromonitoring and anesthesia.

HealthSouth Corporation Company Profile

HealthSouth Corporation (HealthSouth) is a provider of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 35 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. The Company manages its operations through segments, including inpatient rehabilitation, and home health and hospice. It is an owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. It provides specialized rehabilitative treatment on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. It offers its home health and hospice services through Encompass Home Health and Hospice business (Encompass). Encompass operates home health and hospice agencies in 25 states, with concentrations in the Southeast, Oklahoma, and Texas. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 123 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. As of December 31, 2016, the Company managed five inpatient rehabilitation units through management contracts.

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