We still have a bit of hospital stock news to pass on in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in favor in health insurance exchange subsidies. Mizuho Securities’ Sheryl Skolnick has upgraded shares of LifePoint Health to ‘buy’ from ‘neutral’ and set a price target of $95.71, which leaves about 10 percent of upside. Skolnick points out that Brentwood-based LifePoint (Ticker: LPNT) already is “nicely FCF positive” and will benefit from the higher exchange enrollments that are expected.
Newly public Community Healthcare Trust has picked up coverage from analysts at Evercore ISI. They have set a ‘buy’ rating on the Cool Springs-based real estate investment trust and see it climbing to $22 in the coming quarters. Community Healthcare (Ticker: CHCT) closed Monday at $19.07.
Under CEO Justin Hutchens, senior living real estate investment trust National Health Investors has tripled its asset base to about $2 billion while its market cap now stands at more than $2.3 billion. In a recent interview with Senior Housing News, Hutchens discusses some of the ways he plans to further build NHI's footprint. California looks to be a key growth market thanks to its tighter regulations but Texas and Florida likely won't figure as prominently because their barriers to entry are lower.
Read the full Q&A here.
Analyst Steve Manaker at Oppenheimer has launched coverage of newly public Community Healthcare Trust with an 'outperform' rating and a price target of $21. A key in his analysis is the type of properties CEO Tim Wallace and his team are targeting: "The key for us is not just management's ability to underwrite the real estate but also the importance of a tenant's place in the local healthcare ecosystem." Community Healthcare Trust (Ticker: CHCT) is changing hands this morning at about $19.10.
Manaker's colleague Mohan Naidu has begun covering shares of population health management company Healthways (Ticker: HWAY) with a neutral rating. Among his concerns are how the exit of former CEO Ben Leedle might hurt contract renewals and the long-term impact of health insurance exchanges on Healthways' work with large employers.
Several investment banks have launched coverage of newly public Community Healthcare Trust with positive outlooks. Giving 'buy' ratings to the real estate investment trust are analysts at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Janney Montgomery Scott and Sandler O'Neill. SunTrust's researchers have a $22 target and Sandler a $23 target for the stock (Ticker: CHCT), which went public four weeks ago at $19.
Ryman Hospitality Properties executives have extended the maturity date of their $700 million revolving credit facility by two years until June 2019. The move also cuts between 160 and 240 basis points off the interest rate and leaves Ryman with no debt coming due in the next four years. Check out the details here. Shares of the Nashville-based company (Ticker: RHP) are up slightly year to date.
Mizuho analysts have hiked their rating on shares of Healthcare Realty Trust to 'buy' from 'neutral' and lifted their price target to $28 from $26. The upgrade is due in part to their optimism about REITs in general but they also note that Nashville-based Healthcare Realty (Ticker: HR) is a better value after its 11 percent year-to-date drop and that its "more granular" approach to business will serve it well going forward.
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