Sun Communities (NYSE: SUI) and New Senior Investment Group (NYSE:SNR) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

Sun Communities pays an annual dividend of $2.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. New Senior Investment Group pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.4%. Sun Communities pays out 382.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. New Senior Investment Group pays out -288.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. New Senior Investment Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Sun Communities and New Senior Investment Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sun Communities 0 2 3 0 2.60
New Senior Investment Group 1 1 1 0 2.00

Sun Communities presently has a consensus price target of $87.80, suggesting a potential upside of 0.79%. New Senior Investment Group has a consensus price target of $9.50, suggesting a potential upside of 3.71%. Given New Senior Investment Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe New Senior Investment Group is more favorable than Sun Communities.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.2% of Sun Communities shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.2% of New Senior Investment Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.2% of Sun Communities shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of New Senior Investment Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Sun Communities has a beta of 0.28, indicating that its stock price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, New Senior Investment Group has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Sun Communities and New Senior Investment Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sun Communities 6.82% 2.59% 1.07%
New Senior Investment Group -6.41% -5.28% -1.06%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sun Communities and New Senior Investment Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sun Communities $936.86 million 7.35 $443.91 million $0.70 124.44
New Senior Investment Group $465.21 million 1.62 $188.75 million ($0.36) -25.44

Sun Communities has higher revenue and earnings than New Senior Investment Group. New Senior Investment Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sun Communities, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Sun Communities beats New Senior Investment Group on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sun Communities Company Profile

Sun Communities, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is a fully integrated real estate company, which, together with its affiliates and predecessors, has been in the business of acquiring, operating, developing, and expanding manufactured housing (MH) and recreational vehicle (RV). As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated or had an interest in a portfolio of properties located throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada, including 226 MH communities, 87 RV communities, and 28 properties containing both MH and RV sites. The Company operates through two segments: Real Property Operations and Home Sales and Rentals. The Real Property Operations segment owns, operates, or has an interest in a portfolio, and develops MH communities and RV communities throughout the United States and is in the business of acquiring, operating, and expanding MH and RV communities.

New Senior Investment Group Company Profile

New Senior Investment Group Inc. is a real estate investment trust with a diversified portfolio of primarily private pay senior housing properties located across the United States. The Company operates through two segments: Managed Properties and Triple Net Lease Properties. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned a diversified portfolio of 152 primarily private pay senior housing properties located across 37 states. Under its Managed Properties segment, the Company invests in senior housing properties throughout the United States and engages property managers to manage those senior housing properties. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 94 properties under property management agreements with the property managers. Under its Triple Net Lease Properties segment, the Company invests in senior housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States, and leases those properties to healthcare operating companies under triple net leases.

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