Contrasting Welltower (WELL) & Its Peers

Welltower (NYSE: WELL) is one of 23 public companies in the “Healthcare REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Welltower to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Welltower and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Welltower 2 8 5 0 2.20
Welltower Competitors 169 837 739 12 2.34

Welltower currently has a consensus price target of $65.69, indicating a potential upside of 20.03%. As a group, “Healthcare REITs” companies have a potential upside of 13.33%. Given Welltower’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Welltower is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Welltower and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Welltower $4.32 billion $522.77 million 171.03
Welltower Competitors $837.61 million $168.57 million 176.77

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 more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Welltower has a beta of 0.28, indicating that its share price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Welltower’s competitors have a beta of -1.51, indicating that their average share price is 251% less volatile than the S&P 500.


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 12.13% 4.35% 2.24%
Welltower Competitors 37.24% 7.82% 3.84%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.1% of Welltower shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.8% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Welltower shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.5% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Welltower pays an annual dividend of $3.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Welltower pays out 1,087.5% 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 6.3% and pay out 163.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.


Welltower competitors beat Welltower on 9 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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