Are These Stocks A Sure Bet? – Jones Energy, Inc. (JONE), Nobilis Health Corp. (HLTH)

The shares of Jones Energy, Inc. have decreased by more than -36.36% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -4.11% or -$0.03 and now trades at $0.70. The shares of Nobilis Health Corp. (NYSE:HLTH), has slumped by -11.11% year to date as of 05/17/2018. The shares currently trade at $1.20 and have been able to report a change of -14.29% over the past one week.

The stock of Jones Energy, Inc. and Nobilis Health Corp. were two of the most active stocks on Thuday. 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.

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. The ROI of JONE is -12.10% while that of HLTH is 3.50%. These figures suggest that HLTH ventures generate a higher ROI than that of JONE.

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, JONE’s free cash flow per share is a 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 current ratio for JONE is 1.70 and that of HLTH is 2.10. This implies that it is easier for JONE to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than HLTH. The debt ratio of JONE is 2.25 compared to 0.79 for HLTH. JONE can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than HLTH.


JONE currently trades at a P/B of 0.14, and a P/S of 0.34 while HLTH trades at a forward P/E of 4.62, a P/B of 0.62, and a P/S of 0.31. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, JONE 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 JONE is currently at a -60.89% to its one-year price target of 1.79. Looking at its rival pricing, HLTH is at a -62.15% relative to its price target of 3.17.

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), JONE is given a 2.50 while 1.70 placed for HLTH. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for JONE 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 JONE is 22.93 while that of HLTH is just 2.09. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for HLTH stock.


The stock of Jones Energy, Inc. defeats that of Nobilis Health Corp. when the two are compared, with JONE taking 2 out of the total factors that were been considered. JONE 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, JONE is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for JONE is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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