Universal Health Realty Income Trust (NYSE: UHT) and HCP (NYSE:HCP) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Universal Health Realty Income Trust and HCP, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Health Realty Income Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
HCP 1 13 1 0 2.00

HCP has a consensus price target of $31.83, suggesting a potential upside of 20.40%. Given HCP’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe HCP is more favorable than Universal Health Realty Income Trust.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Universal Health Realty Income Trust and HCP’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Health Realty Income Trust $74.03 million 13.84 $51.20 million $3.23 23.32
HCP $2.02 billion 6.14 $1.17 billion $1.45 18.23

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.2% of Universal Health Realty Income Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.6% of HCP shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Universal Health Realty Income Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of HCP shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Universal Health Realty Income Trust pays an annual dividend of $2.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. HCP pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. Universal Health Realty Income Trust pays out 81.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. HCP pays out 102.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Universal Health Realty Income Trust has raised its dividend for 31 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Health Realty Income Trust and HCP’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Health Realty Income Trust 62.40% 8.23% 3.27%
HCP 32.16% 9.96% 4.19%

Volatility & Risk

Universal Health Realty Income Trust has a beta of 0.32, indicating that its share price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HCP has a beta of 0.38, indicating that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

HCP beats Universal Health Realty Income Trust on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Universal Health Realty Income Trust

Universal Health Realty Income Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company invests in healthcare and human service related facilities, including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, sub-acute facilities, surgery centers, free-standing emergency departments, childcare centers and medical office buildings (MOBs). As of February 28, 2017, the Company had 67 real estate investments located in 20 states in the United States consisting of six hospital facilities, including three acute care, one rehabilitation and two sub-acute; 54 MOBs; three free-standing emergency departments (FEDs), and four preschool and childcare centers. The Company’s facilities include Southwest Healthcare System, Inland Valley Campus, Wellington Regional Medical Center, Kindred Hospital Chicago Central, Vibra Hospital of Corpus Christi, Chesterbrook Academy, and Desert Valley Medical Center.

About HCP

HCP, Inc. is a self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company invests in real estate serving the healthcare industry in the United States. The Company’s segments include senior housing triple-net (SH NNN), senior housing operating portfolio (SHOP), life science and medical office. Its senior housing facilities include independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, care homes, and continuing care retirement communities. Its Life science properties contain laboratory and office space for biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, scientific research institutions, government agencies and other organizations. Its Medical office buildings contain physicians’ offices and examination rooms, and may include pharmacies, hospital ancillary service space and outpatient services. As of December 31, 2016, it had interests in and managed 15 hospitals, 61 care homes in the United Kingdom and five post-acute/skilled nursing facilities.

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