NantHealth (NYSE: NH) and HealthEquity (NASDAQ:HQY) are both mid-cap medical software & technology services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for NantHealth and HealthEquity, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NantHealth 0 0 4 0 3.00
HealthEquity 0 1 8 0 2.89

NantHealth presently has a consensus price target of $9.25, indicating a potential upside of 171.26%. HealthEquity has a consensus price target of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.97%. Given NantHealth’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe NantHealth is more favorable than HealthEquity.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares NantHealth and HealthEquity’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NantHealth N/A N/A N/A ($1.75) -1.95
HealthEquity $178.37 million 16.81 $26.37 million $0.67 74.00

HealthEquity has higher revenue and earnings than NantHealth. NantHealth is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than HealthEquity, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares NantHealth and HealthEquity’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NantHealth -267.11% -83.97% -46.64%
HealthEquity 20.27% 13.93% 13.27%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.4% of HealthEquity shares are held by institutional investors. 19.0% of HealthEquity shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

HealthEquity beats NantHealth on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

NantHealth Company Profile

NantHealth, Inc. is a healthcare cloud-based information technology (IT) company. The Company is engaged in converging science and technology through a single integrated clinical platform, to provide actionable health information at the point of care. The Company offers the Genomic Proteomic Spectrometry (GPS) Cancer test, a molecular test and decision support solution that measures the proteins present in the patient’s tumor tissue, combined with whole genomic and transcriptomic sequencing of tumor and normal samples. The Company also offers Nant Operating System (NantOS) and NantOS applications to healthcare providers and payors, self-insured employers and biopharmaceutical companies. It offers CLINICS, an integrated solution that includes GPS Cancer, NantOS and the NantOS applications. The CLINICS solution includes System Infrastructure, Knowledge Platform, Provider Platform and Payor Platform.

HealthEquity Company Profile

HealthEquity, Inc. provides a range of solutions for managing healthcare accounts (Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)) for health plans, insurance companies and third-party administrators. The Company is engaged in technology-enabled services platforms that allow consumers to make healthcare saving and spending decisions. Its platform provides an ecosystem where consumers can access their tax-advantaged healthcare savings, compare treatment options and pricing, evaluate and pay healthcare bills, receive personalized benefit and clinical information, earn wellness incentives and make educated investment choices to help in their tax-advantaged healthcare savings. Its products and services include healthcare saving and spending platform, health savings accounts, investment advisory services, reimbursement arrangements and healthcare incentives. Its ecosystem primarily consists of HSA.

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