MedEquities Realty Trust (NYSE: MRT) and National Health Investors (NYSE:NHI) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares MedEquities Realty Trust and National Health Investors’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MedEquities Realty Trust $56.96 million 6.41 $46.67 million $0.35 32.86
National Health Investors $263.75 million 12.52 $257.02 million $3.89 20.72

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.9% of MedEquities Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of National Health Investors shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of MedEquities Realty Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of National Health Investors shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

MedEquities Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.3%. National Health Investors pays an annual dividend of $3.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. MedEquities Realty Trust pays out 240.0% 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 pays out 97.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. National Health Investors has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for MedEquities Realty Trust and National Health Investors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MedEquities Realty Trust 1 1 6 0 2.63
National Health Investors 1 2 2 0 2.20

MedEquities Realty Trust currently has a consensus price target of $13.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.04%. National Health Investors has a consensus price target of $79.25, suggesting a potential downside of 1.66%. Given MedEquities Realty Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe MedEquities Realty Trust is more favorable than National Health Investors.

Profitability

This table compares MedEquities Realty Trust and National Health Investors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MedEquities Realty Trust 32.68% 5.58% 3.52%
National Health Investors 59.24% 12.56% 6.38%

Summary

National Health Investors beats MedEquities Realty Trust on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MedEquities Realty Trust

MedEquities Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company invests in a diversified mix of healthcare properties and healthcare-related real estate debt investments. The Company invests primarily in real estate across the acute and post-acute spectrum of care. It focuses on investing in various types of healthcare properties, including acute care hospitals; skilled nursing facilities; short-stay surgical and specialty hospitals, which focus on orthopedic, heart and other dedicated surgeries and specialty procedures; dedicated specialty hospitals, such as inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term acute care hospitals and facilities providing psychiatric care; physician clinics; diagnostic facilities; outpatient surgery centers, and facilities that support these services, such as medical office buildings. As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s portfolio included 24 healthcare facilities and one healthcare-related debt investment.

About National Health Investors

National Health Investors, Inc. is a self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in sale-leaseback, joint-venture, mortgage and mezzanine financing of need-driven and discretionary senior housing and medical investments. The Company is engaged in the business of owning and financing healthcare properties. Its portfolio consists of lease, mortgage and other note investments in independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, entrance-fee communities, senior living campuses, skilled nursing facilities, specialty hospitals and medical office buildings. Its other investments include marketable securities and a joint venture structured to comply with the provisions of the REIT Investment Diversification Empowerment Act of 2007 (RIDEA) through which it invests in facility operations managed by an independent third party. As of December 31, 2016, it had investments in real estate, mortgage and other notes receivable involving 205 facilities located in 32 states.

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