Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) and Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Investors Real Estate Trust and Senior Housing Properties Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Investors Real Estate Trust 0 2 1 0 2.33
Senior Housing Properties Trust 1 3 2 0 2.17

Investors Real Estate Trust currently has a consensus price target of $6.18, suggesting a potential downside of 1.07%. Senior Housing Properties Trust has a consensus price target of $22.20, suggesting a potential upside of 15.09%. Given Senior Housing Properties Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Senior Housing Properties Trust is more favorable than Investors Real Estate Trust.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Investors Real Estate Trust and Senior Housing Properties Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Investors Real Estate Trust $205.74 million 3.66 $99.75 million $0.26 24.04
Senior Housing Properties Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Investors Real Estate Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Senior Housing Properties Trust.

Dividends

Investors Real Estate Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Senior Housing Properties Trust does not pay a dividend. Investors Real Estate Trust pays out 107.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Investors Real Estate Trust and Senior Housing Properties Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Investors Real Estate Trust 21.07% -2.51% -0.80%
Senior Housing Properties Trust 6.43% 2.01% 0.95%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.8% of Investors Real Estate Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Investors Real Estate Trust shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Investors Real Estate Trust beats Senior Housing Properties Trust on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Investors Real Estate Trust Company Profile

Investors Real Estate Trust is a self-advised equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s business consists of owning and operating income-producing real estate properties. Its segments include Multifamily, Healthcare and All Other. Its investments consist of multifamily and healthcare properties located primarily in the upper Midwest states of Minnesota and North Dakota. It conducts its business operations through its operating partnership, IRET Properties, which is principally engaged in acquiring, owning, operating and leasing real estate. It invests in multifamily properties and commercial properties that are leased to single or multiple tenants, usually for approximately five years or longer. As of May 26, 2017, the Company held for investment 86 multifamily properties containing 12,813 apartment units and 44 commercial properties, consisting of healthcare, industrial, office and retail, containing approximately 2.7 million square feet of leasable space.

Senior Housing Properties Trust Company Profile

Senior Housing Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s segments include triple net senior living communities that provide short term and long term residential care and other services for residents; managed senior living communities that provide short term and long term residential care and other services for residents; properties leased to medical providers, medical related businesses, clinics and biotech laboratory tenants (MOBs), and all other, including certain properties that offer wellness, fitness and spa services to members. Properties in triple net senior living communities segment include leased independent living communities, assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities. Properties in managed senior living communities segment include managed independent living communities and assisted living communities.

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