Aviv REIT (NYSE: AVIV) and Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) are both financials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aviv REIT and Medical Properties Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aviv REIT N/A N/A N/A $0.75 48.91
Medical Properties Trust $541.14 million 9.29 $225.04 million $0.76 18.16

Medical Properties Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Aviv REIT. Medical Properties Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Aviv REIT, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Aviv REIT and Medical Properties Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aviv REIT 0 0 0 0 N/A
Medical Properties Trust 2 4 6 0 2.33

Medical Properties Trust has a consensus target price of $14.10, indicating a potential upside of 2.17%. Given Medical Properties Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Medical Properties Trust is more favorable than Aviv REIT.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.3% of Medical Properties Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Medical Properties Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Aviv REIT and Medical Properties Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aviv REIT 25.04% 6.86% 2.80%
Medical Properties Trust 39.95% 7.36% 3.54%

Dividends

Medical Properties Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. Aviv REIT does not pay a dividend. Medical Properties Trust pays out 126.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Aviv REIT has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years and Medical Properties Trust has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

Medical Properties Trust beats Aviv REIT on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aviv REIT Company Profile

Aviv REIT, Inc. (AVIV) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in investments in healthcare properties, consisting primarily of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), assisted living facilities (ALFs), and other healthcare properties located in the United States. It specializes in the ownership and triple-net leasing of post-acute and long-term care SNFs. Its leases include rent escalation provisions. The Company is the general partner of Aviv Healthcare Properties Limited Partnership. Its portfolio consists of approximately 346 properties, comprising 285 skilled nursing facilities, 35 assisted living facilities, 14 traumatic brain injury facilities, two long-term acute care hospitals, one neuro hospital, two independent living facilities, two medical office buildings, and five land parcels for development, with approximately 29,646 beds in 30 states triple-net leased to 37 operators.

Medical Properties Trust Company Profile

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on investing in and owning net-leased healthcare facilities across the United States and selectively in foreign jurisdictions. The Company’s segment is its investments in healthcare real estate, including mortgage and other loans, as well as any equity investments in its tenants. The Company conducts its operations through MPT Operating Partnership, L.P. The Company acquires and develops healthcare facilities, and leases the facilities to healthcare operating companies under long-term net leases. The Company makes mortgage loans to healthcare operators collateralized by their real estate assets. As of February 24, 2017, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 232 properties, including 215 facilities (of the 220 facilities that it owns) were leased to 30 tenants, five were under development, and the remaining assets were in the form of mortgage loans to four operators.

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