Share to buy – NIB Holdings Limited (NHF)



Company Snapshot:

  • Market cap: $1.48 Billion
  • Recent share price: $3.38
  • Cash/debt: $58.81 million/$63.89Million
  • Trailing P/E: 19.54

NIB health funds is one of Australia’s largest health insurers, providing health and medical cover to more than 1.1 million Australian and New Zealand residents

Private Health insurers are a segment of the market worth watching over the coming 12 months.

Both Medibank Private and NIB have become increasingly vocal about the need to improve efficiencies in the healthcare system and to put a lid on the spiralling cost of care.

With federal reviews into private health insurance and the Medicare Benefits Schedule, among other parts of the health system, there could be significant changes in fortune for the insurers who pay medical bills.

Throughout 2015, NIB shares have been volatile after rising to nearly $3.90 in March before falling to a low of $3 in October.

However, consistent profit and dividend growth has been a regular feature from NIB in recent years helping the company’s share price lift 10% for FY 15/16.