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Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (OHI) is better stock pick than Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. (SBRA)

The shares of Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. have decreased by more than -7.01% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -5.01% or -$1.35 and now trades at $25.61. The shares of Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBRA), has slumped by -14.97% year to date as of 02/14/2018. The shares currently trade at $15.96 and have been able to report a change of -6.67% over the past one week.

The stock of Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. and Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Wednesday. Investors seem to be very interested in what happens to the stocks of these two companies but do investors favor one over the other? We will analyze the growth, profitability, risk, valuation, and insider trends of both companies and see which one investors prefer.

Next 5Y EPS Growth: 15.80% versus 6.00%

When a company is able to grow consistently in terms of earnings at a high compound rate have the highest likelihood of creating value for its shareholders over time. Analysts have predicted that OHI will grow it’s earning at a 15.80% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to SBRA which will have a positive growth at a 6.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of OHI implies a greater potential for capital appreciation over the years.



Profitability and Returns

Growth alone cannot be used to see if the company will be valuable. Shareholders will be the losers if a company invest in ventures that aren’t profitable enough to support upbeat growth. In order for us to accurately measure profitability and return, we will be using the EBITDA margin and Return on Investment (ROI), which balances the difference in capital structure. OHI has an EBITDA margin of 60.22%, this implies that the underlying business of SBRA is more profitable. These figures suggest that OHI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of SBRA.

Cash Flow 




The value of a stock is ultimately determined by the amount of cash flow that the investors have available. Over the last 12 months, OHI’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0, while that of SBRA is negative -0.02.

Liquidity and Financial Risk

The ability of a company to meet up with its short-term obligations and be able to clear its longer-term debts is measured using Liquidity and leverage ratios. The debt ratio of OHI is 1.29 compared to 0.89 for SBRA. OHI can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than SBRA.

Valuation

OHI currently trades at a forward P/E of 14.36, a P/B of 1.40, and a P/S of 5.50 while SBRA trades at a forward P/E of 8.71, a P/B of 0.53, and a P/S of 9.32. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, OHI is the cheaper one. It is very obvious that earnings are the most important factors to investors, thus analysts are most likely to place their bet on the P/E.

Analyst Price Targets and Opinions

The mistake some people make is that they think a cheap stock has more value to it. In order to know the value of a stock, there is need to compare its current price to its likely trading price in the future. The price of OHI is currently at a -11.54% to its one-year price target of 28.95. Looking at its rival pricing, SBRA is at a -26.79% relative to its price target of 21.80. This figure implies that over the next one year, SBRA is a better investment.

When looking at the investment recommendation on say a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong buy, 3 a hold, and 5 a sell), OHI is given a 3.20 while 2.80 placed for SBRA. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for OHI stocks.

Insider Activity and Investor Sentiment

Short interest or otherwise called the percentage of a stock’s tradable shares currently being shorted is another data that investors use to get a handle on sentiment. The short ratio for OHI is 15.75 while that of SBRA is just 7.13. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for SBRA stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. defeats that of Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. when the two are compared, with OHI taking 7 out of the total factors that were been considered. OHI happens to be more profitable, generates a higher ROI, has higher cash flow per share, higher liquidity and has a lower financial risk. When looking at the stock valuation, OHI is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for OHI is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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