Care Capital Properties (NYSE: CCP) and National Health Investors (NYSE:NHI) are both mid-cap healthcare reits companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Care Capital Properties and National Health Investors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Care Capital Properties 0 3 0 0 2.00
National Health Investors 1 6 1 0 2.00

Care Capital Properties currently has a consensus target price of $22.50, indicating a potential downside of 7.06%. National Health Investors has a consensus target price of $79.17, indicating a potential upside of 3.27%. Given National Health Investors’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe National Health Investors is more favorable than Care Capital Properties.

Dividends

Care Capital Properties pays an annual dividend of $2.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.4%. National Health Investors pays an annual dividend of $3.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Care Capital Properties pays out 78.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. National Health Investors pays out 95.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Care Capital Properties has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Care Capital Properties is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.9% of Care Capital Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.1% of National Health Investors shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Care Capital Properties shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of National Health Investors shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Care Capital Properties and National Health Investors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Care Capital Properties 109.47% 40.07% 16.26%
National Health Investors 59.70% 12.74% 6.54%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Care Capital Properties and National Health Investors’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Care Capital Properties N/A N/A N/A $2.90 8.35
National Health Investors $248.50 million 12.81 $151.54 million $4.00 19.17

National Health Investors has higher revenue and earnings than Care Capital Properties. Care Capital Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than National Health Investors, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Care Capital Properties beats National Health Investors on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Care Capital Properties Company Profile

Care Capital Properties, Inc. is a self-administered, self-managed real estate investment trust with a diversified portfolio of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other healthcare assets operated by private regional and local care providers. The Company leases its properties to unaffiliated tenants under long-term triple-net leases, pursuant to which the tenants are obligated to pay all property-related expenses, including maintenance, utilities, repairs and taxes. It also manages a small portfolio of secured and unsecured loans, made primarily to its SNF operators and other post-acute care providers. As of December 31, 2016, its portfolio consisted of 345 properties operated by 38 private regional and local care providers, spread across 36 states and containing a total of approximately 38,000 beds/units. It conducts all of its operations through its operating partnership, Care Capital Properties, LP, and its subsidiaries.

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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