Head-To-Head Comparison: Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE:CHCT) and EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR)

Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE:CHCT) and EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.1% of Community Healthcare Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.6% of EPR Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.3% of Community Healthcare Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of EPR Properties shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Community Healthcare Trust and EPR Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Community Healthcare Trust 25.70% 4.92% 3.11%
EPR Properties -21.28% -3.18% -1.29%

Dividends

Community Healthcare Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.73 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. EPR Properties pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.1%. Community Healthcare Trust pays out 84.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. EPR Properties pays out 158.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Community Healthcare Trust has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years and EPR Properties has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Community Healthcare Trust and EPR Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Community Healthcare Trust 0 1 1 0 2.50
EPR Properties 1 5 1 1 2.25

Community Healthcare Trust presently has a consensus target price of $51.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.03%. EPR Properties has a consensus target price of $45.60, suggesting a potential downside of 7.20%. Given Community Healthcare Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Community Healthcare Trust is more favorable than EPR Properties.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Community Healthcare Trust and EPR Properties’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Community Healthcare Trust $75.68 million 15.70 $19.08 million $2.06 23.35
EPR Properties $414.66 million 8.86 -$131.73 million $1.89 26.00

Community Healthcare Trust has higher earnings, but lower revenue than EPR Properties. Community Healthcare Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EPR Properties, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Community Healthcare Trust has a beta of 0.48, meaning that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EPR Properties has a beta of 1.85, meaning that its share price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Community Healthcare Trust beats EPR Properties on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Community Healthcare Trust Company Profile

Community Healthcare Trust, Inc. engages in the acquisition of real estate properties that are leased to hospitals, doctors, healthcare systems, and other healthcare services providers. It invests in healthcare properties including outpatient treatment and diagnostic facilities, urgent care centers, acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, assisted living and long-term care facilities, medical office buildings, clinics, specialty hospitals and treatment centers. The company was founded by Timothy G. Wallace on March 28, 2014 and is headquartered in Franklin, TN.

EPR Properties Company Profile

EPR Properties operates as a real estate investment trust. The firm engages in the development, finance and leasing of theatres, entertainment retail and family entertainment centers. It operates through the following segments: Entertainment and Education. The Entertainment segment includes investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels. The Education segment comprises of investments in public charter schools. The company was founded by Peter C. Brown on August 22, 1997 and is headquartered in Kansas City, MO.

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