Aviv REIT (NYSE: AVIV) and Universal Health Realty Income Trust (NYSE:UHT) are both small-cap healthcare reits companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Aviv REIT and Universal Health Realty Income Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aviv REIT 0 0 0 0 N/A
Universal Health Realty Income Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

60.6% of Universal Health Realty Income Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Universal Health Realty Income Trust shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Aviv REIT and Universal Health Realty Income Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aviv REIT N/A N/A N/A $0.75 48.91
Universal Health Realty Income Trust $67.08 million 13.91 $17.21 million $3.24 20.98

Universal Health Realty Income Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Aviv REIT. Universal Health Realty Income Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Aviv REIT, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Universal Health Realty Income Trust pays an annual dividend of $2.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Aviv REIT does not pay a dividend. Universal Health Realty Income Trust pays out 82.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Aviv REIT has increased its dividend for 32 consecutive years and Universal Health Realty Income Trust has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Aviv REIT and Universal Health Realty Income Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aviv REIT 25.04% 6.86% 2.80%
Universal Health Realty Income Trust 61.38% 8.12% 3.32%

Summary

Universal Health Realty Income Trust beats Aviv REIT on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aviv REIT

Aviv REIT, Inc. (AVIV) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in investments in healthcare properties, consisting primarily of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), assisted living facilities (ALFs), and other healthcare properties located in the United States. It specializes in the ownership and triple-net leasing of post-acute and long-term care SNFs. Its leases include rent escalation provisions. The Company is the general partner of Aviv Healthcare Properties Limited Partnership. Its portfolio consists of approximately 346 properties, comprising 285 skilled nursing facilities, 35 assisted living facilities, 14 traumatic brain injury facilities, two long-term acute care hospitals, one neuro hospital, two independent living facilities, two medical office buildings, and five land parcels for development, with approximately 29,646 beds in 30 states triple-net leased to 37 operators.

About Universal Health Realty Income Trust

Universal Health Realty Income Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company invests in healthcare and human service related facilities, including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, sub-acute facilities, surgery centers, free-standing emergency departments, childcare centers and medical office buildings (MOBs). As of February 28, 2017, the Company had 67 real estate investments located in 20 states in the United States consisting of six hospital facilities, including three acute care, one rehabilitation and two sub-acute; 54 MOBs; three free-standing emergency departments (FEDs), and four preschool and childcare centers. The Company’s facilities include Southwest Healthcare System, Inland Valley Campus, Wellington Regional Medical Center, Kindred Hospital Chicago Central, Vibra Hospital of Corpus Christi, Chesterbrook Academy, and Desert Valley Medical Center.

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