National Health Investors (NYSE: NHI) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Healthcare REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare National Health Investors to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares National Health Investors and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Health Investors 59.24% 12.56% 6.38%
National Health Investors Competitors 38.21% 7.68% 3.77%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for National Health Investors and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Health Investors 1 3 1 0 2.00
National Health Investors Competitors 203 831 675 12 2.29

National Health Investors presently has a consensus target price of $77.67, indicating a potential downside of 2.90%. As a group, “Healthcare REITs” companies have a potential upside of 0.42%. Given National Health Investors’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe National Health Investors has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

National Health Investors has a beta of 0.56, suggesting that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Health Investors’ rivals have a beta of 0.50, suggesting that their average stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares National Health Investors and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
National Health Investors $263.75 million $257.02 million 20.56
National Health Investors Competitors $788.38 million $482.52 million 40.56

National Health Investors’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than National Health Investors. National Health Investors is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

National Health Investors pays an annual dividend of $3.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. 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. As a group, “Healthcare REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.0% and pay out 124.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. National Health Investors has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.7% of National Health Investors shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.2% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of National Health Investors shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

National Health Investors rivals beat National Health Investors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

National Health Investors Company Profile

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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