Comparing Physicians Realty Trust (DOC) & Welltower (WELL)

Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE: DOC) and Welltower (NYSE:WELL) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Physicians Realty Trust and Welltower, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Physicians Realty Trust 0 4 11 0 2.73
Welltower 2 8 4 0 2.14

Physicians Realty Trust presently has a consensus target price of $18.46, indicating a potential upside of 19.98%. Welltower has a consensus target price of $64.42, indicating a potential upside of 17.70%. Given Physicians Realty Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Physicians Realty Trust is more favorable than Welltower.

Dividends

Physicians Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.0%. Welltower pays an annual dividend of $3.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Physicians Realty Trust pays out 88.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Welltower pays out 82.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Welltower is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.1% of Physicians Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.1% of Welltower shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Physicians Realty Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Welltower shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Physicians Realty Trust has a beta of 0.46, suggesting that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Welltower has a beta of 0.2, suggesting that its stock price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Physicians Realty Trust and Welltower’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Physicians Realty Trust 11.04% 1.63% 1.02%
Welltower 12.13% 4.35% 2.24%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Physicians Realty Trust and Welltower’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Physicians Realty Trust $343.58 million 8.14 $38.14 million $1.04 14.80
Welltower $4.32 billion 4.71 $522.77 million $4.21 13.00

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

Physicians Realty Trust Company Profile

Physicians Realty Trust is a self-managed healthcare real estate company organized to acquire, selectively develop, own and manage healthcare properties that are leased to physicians, hospitals and healthcare delivery systems. The Company invests in real estate that is integral to providing high quality healthcare. The Company conducts its business through an UPREIT structure in which its properties are owned by Physicians Realty L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the ?operating partnership?), directly or through limited partnerships, limited liability companies or other subsidiaries. The Company is the sole general partner of the operating partnership and, as of December 31, 2017, owned approximately 97.1% of the partnership interests in our operating partnership (?OP Units?).

Welltower Company Profile

Welltower Inc. (NYSE:HCN), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure. The company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people's wellness and overall health care experience. Welltower?, a real estate investment trust ("REIT"), owns interests in properties concentrated in major, high-growth markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities and outpatient medical properties. More information is available at www.welltower.com.

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