Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE: CHCT) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Healthcare REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Community Healthcare Trust to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Community Healthcare Trust and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Community Healthcare Trust $30.77 million $20.43 million 103.04
Community Healthcare Trust Competitors $788.38 million $482.52 million 39.12

Community Healthcare Trust’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Community Healthcare Trust. Community Healthcare Trust is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

60.3% of Community Healthcare Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.1% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of Community Healthcare Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Community Healthcare Trust has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Community Healthcare Trust’s peers have a beta of 0.50, meaning that their average stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Community Healthcare Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.57 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. 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. As a group, “Healthcare REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.2% and pay out 125.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Community Healthcare Trust and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Community Healthcare Trust 11.30% 1.81% 1.33%
Community Healthcare Trust Competitors 38.21% 8.11% 4.09%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Community Healthcare Trust and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Community Healthcare Trust 0 0 1 0 3.00
Community Healthcare Trust Competitors 131 721 644 12 2.36

Community Healthcare Trust presently has a consensus target price of $26.50, indicating a potential downside of 4.74%. As a group, “Healthcare REITs” companies have a potential upside of 5.52%. Given Community Healthcare Trust’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Community Healthcare Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Community Healthcare Trust peers beat Community Healthcare Trust on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Community Healthcare Trust

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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