Welltower (HCN) vs. its Rivals Critical Contrast
Welltower (NYSE: HCN) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Healthcare REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Welltower to similar companies based off the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.
Risk and Volatility
Welltower has a beta of 0.24, indicating that its stock price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Welltower’s competitors have a beta of 0.50, indicating that their average stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Welltower pays an annual dividend of $3.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Welltower pays out 108.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Healthcare REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.0% and pay out 124.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Welltower has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Welltower and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Welltower||$4.19 billion||$2.05 billion||23.26|
|Welltower Competitors||$788.38 million||$482.52 million||40.54|
Welltower has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Welltower is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently the more affordable than other companies in its industry.
This is a summary of current ratings for Welltower and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Welltower presently has a consensus target price of $72.75, suggesting a potential downside of 2.57%. All “Healthcare REITs” companies have a potential upside of 0.48%. Given Welltower’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Welltower has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
86.0% of Welltower shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.4% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Welltower shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Welltower and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Welltower beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.
Welltower Company Profile
Welltower Inc. invests with seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund real estate and infrastructure. The Company invests in seniors housing and healthcare real estate. It operates in three segments: triple-net, seniors housing operating and outpatient medical. Welltower, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns interests in properties concentrated in markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities, and outpatient medical properties. Its triple-net properties include independent living facilities, independent supportive living facilities (Canada), continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, care homes with and without nursing (the United Kingdom), Alzheimer’s/dementia care facilities, long-term/post-acute care facilities and hospitals. Its outpatient medical properties include outpatient medical buildings.
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