Option Care Health Inc. (NASDAQ: OPCH) stock jumped 0.19% on Friday to $31.16 against a previous-day closing price of $31.10. With 1.15 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 1.36 million shares. During the session, the Medical Care Facilities company that operates in wider Healthcare sector, reached to the highest price of $32.20 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $31.12. The 52-week range on OPCH shows that it touched its highest point at $35.57 and its lowest point at $21.32 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $38.33. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.34.
Price Performance and Earnings:
Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of OPCH was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -4.88%, but this was down by -3.65% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 19.07% while six-month performance rose 14.60%. The stock gained 24.74% in the past year, while it has gained 9.56% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for OPCH yields 0.96 with Next year EPS estimates of 0.95. For the next quarter, that number is 0.20. This implies an EPS growth rate of 1.30% for this year and 21.91% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 10.00% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of 19.10%.
Float and Shares Shorts:
At present, 180.62 million OPCH shares are outstanding with a float of 155.16 million shares on hand for trading. On Jul 14, 2022, short shares totaled 4.6 million, which was 2.55% higher than short shares on Jun 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. John C. Rademacher as the firm’s CEO, Pres & Director, Mr. Michael H. Shapiro serves as its CFO & Sr. VP.
Through their ownership of 81.10% of OPCH’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 49.71% of OPCH, in contrast to 35.47% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 29.64%. As the largest shareholder in OPCH with 9.25% of the stake, Fidelity Management & Research Co holds 16,829,898 shares worth 16,829,898. A second-largest stockholder of OPCH, BlackRock Fund Advisors, holds 14,335,414 shares, controlling over 7.88% of the firm’s shares. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is the third largest shareholder in OPCH, holding 13,749,277 shares or 7.56% stake. With a 2.42% stake in OPCH, the iShares Core S&P Mid Cap ETF is the largest stakeholder. A total of 4,392,556 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index, which owns about 2.35% of OPCH stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 4,271,294 shares valued at 132.24 million. Vanguard Small Cap Index Fund holds 2.00% of the stake in OPCH, owning 3,644,401 shares worth 112.83 million.
Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for OPCH since 7 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 7 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 0 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 0 give it an OVERWEIGHT rating, and 0 thinks that it’s UNDERWEIGHT. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With OPCH analysts setting a high price target of $40.00 and a low target of $37.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $38.33. Based on these targets, OPCH could surge 28.37% to reach the target high and rise by 18.74% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 23.01% from current levels.
EPS: Estimates vs Actual
It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy. OPCH will report FY 2022 earnings on 02/22/2023. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $1.00 being high and $0.74 being low. For OPCH, this leads to a yearly average estimate of $0.82. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Option Care Health Inc. surprised analysts by -$0.04 when it reported $0.19 EPS against a consensus estimate of $0.23. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.04. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $0.25 and the low estimate is $0.18. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus $0.21.
Summary of Insider Activity:
Insiders traded OPCH stock several times over the past three months with 0 Buys and 3 Sells. In these transactions, 0 shares were bought while 11,003,846 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 17 while that of sell transactions has risen to 19 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 118,706 while 87,464,970 shares were sold.