National Health Investors Stock Appears To Be Fairly Valued – GuruFocus.com

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National Health Investors Stock Appears To Be Fairly Valued – GuruFocus.com

National Health Investors Stock Appears To Be Fairly Valued – GuruFocus.com

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GF Value

The stock of National Health Investors (NYSE:NHI, 30-year Financials) shows every sign of being fairly valued, according to GuruFocus Value calculation. GuruFocus Value is GuruFocus’ estimate of the fair value at which the stock should be traded. It is calculated based on the historical multiples that the stock has traded at, the past business growth and analyst estimates of future business performance. If the price of a stock is significantly above the GF Value Line, it is overvalued and its future return is likely to be poor. On the other hand, if it is significantly below the GF Value Line, its future return will likely be higher. At its current price of $74.57 per share and the market cap of $3.4 billion, National Health Investors stock shows every sign of being fairly valued. GF Value for National Health Investors is shown in the chart below.

National Health Investors GF Value Chart

Because National Health Investors is fairly valued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be close to the rate of its business growth, which averaged 3.2% over the past five years.

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It is always important to check the financial strength of a company before buying its stock. Investing in companies with poor financial strength have a higher risk of permanent loss. Looking at the cash-to-debt ratio and interest coverage is a great way to understand the financial strength of a company. National Health Investors has a cash-to-debt ratio of 0.03, which is worse than 72% of the companies in REITs industry. The overall financial strength of National Health Investors is 4 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of National Health Investors is poor. This is the debt and cash of National Health Investors over the past years:

debt and cash

Companies that have been consistently profitable over the long term offer less risk for investors who may want to purchase shares. Higher profit margins usually dictate a better investment compared to a company with lower profit margins. National Health Investors has been profitable 10 over the past 10 years. Over the past twelve months, the company had a revenue of $332.8 million and earnings of $4.14 a share. Its operating margin is 67.58%, which ranks better than 79% of the companies in REITs industry. Overall, the profitability of National Health Investors is ranked 7 out of 10, which indicates fair profitability. This is the revenue and net income of National Health Investors over the past years:

Revnue and Net Income

Growth is probably the most important factor in the valuation of a company. GuruFocus research has found that growth is closely correlated with the long term stock performance of a company. A faster growing company creates more value for shareholders, especially if the growth is profitable. The 3-year average annual revenue growth of National Health Investors is 3.2%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in REITs industry. The 3-year average EBITDA growth rate is 2.9%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in REITs industry.

One can also evaluate a company’s profitability by comparing its return on invested capital (ROIC) to its weighted average cost of capital (WACC). Return on invested capital (ROIC) measures how well a company generates cash flow relative to the capital it has invested in its business. The weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is the rate that a company is expected to pay on average to all its security holders to finance its assets. If the return on invested capital exceeds the weighted average cost of capital, the company is likely creating value for its shareholders. During the past 12 months, National Health Investors’s ROIC is 7.35 while its WACC came in at 6.29. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of National Health Investors is shown below:

ROIC vs WACC

Overall, the stock of National Health Investors (NYSE:NHI, 30-year Financials) is estimated to be fairly valued. The company’s financial condition is poor and its profitability is fair. Its growth ranks in the middle range of the companies in REITs industry. To learn more about National Health Investors stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.

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