EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR) is one of 87 public companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare EPR Properties to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares EPR Properties and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
EPR Properties $526.01 million $461.10 million 20.26
EPR Properties Competitors $457.04 million $289.32 million 35.87

EPR Properties has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. EPR Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

EPR Properties has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EPR Properties’ peers have a beta of 0.80, indicating that their average stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.1% of EPR Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of EPR Properties shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.0% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares EPR Properties and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EPR Properties 46.90% 10.51% 4.89%
EPR Properties Competitors 53.33% 6.63% 3.87%

Dividends

EPR Properties pays an annual dividend of $4.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. EPR Properties pays out 120.0% 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, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.0% and pay out 216.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. EPR Properties has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. EPR Properties is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for EPR Properties and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EPR Properties 0 2 2 0 2.50
EPR Properties Competitors 638 2518 2187 23 2.30

EPR Properties presently has a consensus price target of $78.80, suggesting a potential upside of 14.37%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 8.35%. Given EPR Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe EPR Properties is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

EPR Properties beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

EPR Properties Company Profile

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust. The Company’s investment portfolio includes primarily entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s segments include Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels. The Education segment consists of investments in public charter schools, early education centers and K-12 private schools. The Recreation segment consists of investments in ski areas, waterparks, golf entertainment complexes and other recreation. The Other segment consists primarily of land under ground lease, property under development and land held for development. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s owned real estate portfolio of megaplex theatres consisted of approximately 10.6 million square feet.

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