Head-To-Head Survey: Welltower (NYSE:WELL) versus The Competition

Welltower (NYSE: WELL) is one of 229 public companies in the “Real estate investment trusts” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Welltower to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Welltower and its peers’ 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 23.93% 7.20% 2.69%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.1% of Welltower shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.3% of shares of all “Real estate investment trusts” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Welltower shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.6% of shares of all “Real estate investment trusts” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Welltower pays an annual dividend of $3.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. 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. As a group, “Real estate investment trusts” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.8% and pay out 71.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Welltower has a beta of 0.2, indicating that its stock price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Welltower’s peers have a beta of 0.56, indicating that their average stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Welltower and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Welltower 2 8 4 0 2.14
Welltower Competitors 1510 7737 8394 218 2.41

Welltower currently has a consensus target price of $64.42, indicating a potential upside of 17.70%. As a group, “Real estate investment trusts” companies have a potential upside of 11.99%. Given Welltower’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Welltower is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Welltower and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Welltower $4.32 billion $522.77 million 13.00
Welltower Competitors $791.08 million $176.99 million 14.03

Welltower has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Welltower 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.

Summary

Welltower peers beat Welltower on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

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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