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

Dividends

Physicians Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. Physicians Realty Trust pays out 400.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. 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. Physicians Realty Trust lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.2% of Physicians Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.2% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Physicians Realty Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Physicians Realty Trust and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Physicians Realty Trust 11.51% 1.75% 1.10%
Physicians Realty Trust Competitors 38.21% 7.68% 3.77%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Physicians Realty Trust and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Physicians Realty Trust $296.22 million $195.49 million 81.48
Physicians Realty Trust Competitors $788.38 million $482.52 million 40.56

Physicians Realty Trust’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Physicians Realty Trust. Physicians Realty Trust is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Physicians Realty Trust and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Physicians Realty Trust 0 3 9 0 2.75
Physicians Realty Trust Competitors 203 831 675 12 2.29

Physicians Realty Trust currently has a consensus target price of $20.55, suggesting a potential upside of 9.63%. As a group, “Healthcare REITs” companies have a potential downside of 0.20%. Given Physicians Realty Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Physicians Realty Trust is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Physicians Realty Trust has a beta of 0.55, indicating that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Physicians Realty Trust’s competitors have a beta of 0.50, indicating that their average share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Physicians Realty Trust competitors beat Physicians Realty Trust on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Physicians Realty Trust

Physicians Realty Trust (the Trust) is a real estate investment trust. Physicians Realty L.P. is the operating partnership of the Trust. The Trust and its operating partnership are engaged in acquiring, developing, owning and managing healthcare properties that are leased to physicians, hospitals and healthcare delivery systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 246 properties located in 29 states with approximately 10,883,601 net leasable square feet. The Company invests in real estate that is integral to providing healthcare services. The Company focuses its investment activity on various types of healthcare properties, such as medical office buildings; outpatient treatment and diagnostic facilities; physician group practice clinics; ambulatory surgery centers, and specialty hospitals and treatment centers. Its properties include Arrowhead Commons, Aurora Medical Office Building, Decatur Medical Office Building and El Paso Medical Office Building.

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