Healthcare Realty Trust (NYSE: HR) and Ventas (NYSE:VTR) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Healthcare Realty Trust and Ventas, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Healthcare Realty Trust 1 3 4 0 2.38
Ventas 3 6 0 0 1.67

Healthcare Realty Trust presently has a consensus price target of $34.50, indicating a potential upside of 4.51%. Ventas has a consensus price target of $62.33, indicating a potential downside of 8.18%. Given Healthcare Realty Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Healthcare Realty Trust is more favorable than Ventas.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Healthcare Realty Trust and Ventas’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Healthcare Realty Trust $418.53 million 9.76 $236.35 million $1.05 31.44
Ventas $3.52 billion 6.87 $1.88 billion $1.97 34.46

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

Profitability

This table compares Healthcare Realty Trust and Ventas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Healthcare Realty Trust 28.98% 7.38% 4.04%
Ventas 20.08% 6.31% 2.81%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.2% of Healthcare Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.6% of Ventas shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Healthcare Realty Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Ventas shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Healthcare Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Ventas pays an annual dividend of $3.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Healthcare Realty Trust pays out 114.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ventas pays out 157.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ventas has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Ventas is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility & Risk

Healthcare Realty Trust has a beta of 0.29, suggesting that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ventas has a beta of 0.07, suggesting that its share price is 93% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Healthcare Realty Trust beats Ventas on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Healthcare Realty Trust Company Profile

Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated is a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company owns, leases, manages, acquires, finances, develops and redevelops real estate properties associated primarily with the delivery of outpatient healthcare services across the United States. The Company provided property management services for 146 healthcare-related properties across the nation, totaling approximately 10.3 million square feet, as of December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s 202 owned real estate properties were located in 27 states and totaled approximately 14.6 million square feet. The Company’s medical office/outpatient facilities are located in various states of the United States, such as Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

Ventas Company Profile

Ventas, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) with its properties located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company operates through three segments: triple-net leased properties, senior living operations and office operations. Under its triple-net leased properties segment, the Company invests in and owns seniors housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States and the United Kingdom and leases those properties to healthcare operating companies under triple-net or absolute-net leases that obligate the tenants to pay all property-related expenses. In its senior living operations segment, it invests in seniors housing communities throughout the United States and Canada and engages independent operators to manage those communities. In its office operations segment, the Company primarily acquires, owns, develops, leases and manages medical office buildings (MOBs) and life science and innovation centers throughout the United States.

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