Contrasting NantHealth (NH) & athenahealth (ATHN)

NantHealth (NASDAQ: NH) and athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for NantHealth and athenahealth, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NantHealth 0 0 4 0 3.00
athenahealth 1 14 10 0 2.36

NantHealth presently has a consensus target price of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 201.00%. athenahealth has a consensus target price of $141.91, indicating a potential upside of 4.37%. Given NantHealth’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe NantHealth is more favorable than athenahealth.

Volatility and Risk

NantHealth has a beta of -1.51, indicating that its share price is 251% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, athenahealth has a beta of 1.57, indicating that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.1% of NantHealth shares are owned by institutional investors. 58.0% of NantHealth shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of athenahealth shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NantHealth -225.76% -46.09% -25.23%
athenahealth 2.65% 6.78% 3.83%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NantHealth and athenahealth’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NantHealth $100.38 million 3.23 -$184.10 million ($1.78) -1.68
athenahealth $1.08 billion 5.02 $21.00 million $0.77 176.58

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


athenahealth beats NantHealth on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NantHealth

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.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. provides network-based medical record, revenue cycle, patient engagement, care coordination and population health services. The Company also offers Epocrates and other point-of-care mobile applications. The Company delivers majority of its service offerings through a single instance of cloud-based software, athenaNet. The Company has a range of network-enabled services to support healthcare providers across the continuum of care. The Company offers various combinations of its services to its clients, including athenaOne and athenaOne for Hospitals and Health Systems, depending on whether they are medical groups and practices or hospitals and larger health systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company connected care across a national network of approximately 88,000 providers and approximately 86 million patients. Its suite of network-enabled services includes athenaCollector, athenaClinicals, athenaCommunicator, athenaCoordinator, Population Health and Epocrates.

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