National Health Investors (NYSE: NHI) and Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE:CHCT) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for National Health Investors and Community Healthcare Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Health Investors 1 4 1 0 2.00
Community Healthcare Trust 0 0 1 0 3.00

National Health Investors presently has a consensus target price of $79.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2.37%. Community Healthcare Trust has a consensus target price of $26.50, suggesting a potential downside of 3.28%. Given National Health Investors’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe National Health Investors is more favorable than Community Healthcare Trust.

Profitability

This table compares National Health Investors and Community Healthcare Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Health Investors 59.24% 12.56% 6.38%
Community Healthcare Trust 11.30% 1.81% 1.33%

Dividends

National Health Investors pays an annual dividend of $3.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. Community Healthcare Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.57 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.7%. National Health Investors pays out 97.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Community Healthcare Trust pays out 581.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. National Health Investors has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

National Health Investors has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Community Healthcare Trust has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares National Health Investors and Community Healthcare Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National Health Investors $263.75 million 11.99 $257.02 million $3.89 19.84
Community Healthcare Trust $30.77 million 11.30 $20.43 million $0.27 101.49

National Health Investors has higher revenue and earnings than Community Healthcare Trust. National Health Investors is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Community Healthcare Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.7% of National Health Investors shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.2% of Community Healthcare Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of National Health Investors shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of Community Healthcare Trust shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

National Health Investors beats Community Healthcare Trust on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

National Health Investors Company Profile

National Health Investors, Inc. is a self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in sale-leaseback, joint-venture, mortgage and mezzanine financing of need-driven and discretionary senior housing and medical investments. The Company is engaged in the business of owning and financing healthcare properties. Its portfolio consists of lease, mortgage and other note investments in independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, entrance-fee communities, senior living campuses, skilled nursing facilities, specialty hospitals and medical office buildings. Its other investments include marketable securities and a joint venture structured to comply with the provisions of the REIT Investment Diversification Empowerment Act of 2007 (RIDEA) through which it invests in facility operations managed by an independent third party. As of December 31, 2016, it had investments in real estate, mortgage and other notes receivable involving 205 facilities located in 32 states.

Community Healthcare Trust Company Profile

Community Healthcare Trust Incorporated is an integrated healthcare real estate company. The Company owns and acquires, or finances, real estate properties that are leased to hospitals, doctors, healthcare systems or other healthcare service providers in non-urban markets. It has investments in healthcare real estate, including mortgage and other loans. The Company’s medical office buildings are located in areas, such as, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Texas. Its physician clinics are located in Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Its surgical centers and hospitals are located in areas, such as Louisiana, Michigan and Arizona. Its behavioral facilities are located in Indiana and Illinois. Its specialty centers are located in Texas, Colorado and Alabama, among others. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had interests in 57 real estate properties and one mortgage note, located in 22 states, totaling over 1.33 million square feet in the aggregate.

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