Analyzing UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH (UMH) & National Health Investors (NHI)

UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH (NYSE:UMH) and National Health Investors (NYSE:NHI) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH and National Health Investors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH 0 0 3 0 3.00
National Health Investors 1 5 4 0 2.30

UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH presently has a consensus target price of $17.17, indicating a potential upside of 19.05%. National Health Investors has a consensus target price of $74.50, indicating a potential upside of 5.52%. Given UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH is more favorable than National Health Investors.

Risk & Volatility

UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH has a beta of 0.37, suggesting that its share price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Health Investors has a beta of 0.34, suggesting that its share price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

58.0% of UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.7% of National Health Investors shares are held by institutional investors. 10.9% of UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of National Health Investors shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. National Health Investors pays an annual dividend of $4.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.7%. UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH pays out 101.4% 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 pays out 75.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. National Health Investors has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years. National Health Investors is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH and National Health Investors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH -8.17% -5.62% -1.19%
National Health Investors 53.16% 11.49% 5.95%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH and National Health Investors’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH $112.65 million 4.74 $12.66 million $0.71 20.31
National Health Investors $278.66 million 10.68 $159.36 million $5.33 13.25

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

Summary

National Health Investors beats UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About UMH PROPERTIES/SH SH

UMH Properties, Inc., which was organized in 1968, is a public equity REIT that owns and operates 114 manufactured home communities containing approximately 20,600 developed homesites. These communities are located in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan and Maryland. In addition, the Company owns a portfolio of REIT securities.

About National Health Investors

Incorporated in 1991, National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE: NHI) is a real estate investment trust specializing in sale-leaseback, joint-venture, mortgage and mezzanine financing of need-driven and discretionary senior housing and medical investments. NHI's portfolio consists of independent, assisted and memory care communities, entrance-fee retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, medical office buildings and specialty hospitals.

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