Reviewing Welltower (WELL) & Its Peers

Welltower (NYSE: WELL) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Healthcare REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Welltower to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and earnings.


Welltower pays an annual dividend of $3.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.5%. Welltower pays out 274.0% 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 6.4% and pay out 155.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Welltower and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Welltower $4.32 billion $522.77 million 42.17
Welltower Competitors $846.59 million $199.43 million 165.12

Welltower has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Welltower is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Welltower has a beta of 0.26, meaning that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Welltower’s peers have a beta of 0.46, meaning that their average stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Welltower and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Welltower 2 8 5 0 2.20
Welltower Competitors 169 837 739 12 2.34

Welltower presently has a consensus target price of $65.69, indicating a potential upside of 22.65%. As a group, “Healthcare REITs” companies have a potential upside of 14.56%. Given Welltower’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Welltower is more favorable than its peers.


This table compares Welltower and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Welltower 12.13% 4.35% 2.24%
Welltower Competitors 37.26% 7.75% 3.80%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.9% of Welltower shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.5% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Welltower shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.5% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies 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.


Welltower peers beat Welltower on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Welltower

Welltower Inc. invests with seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund real estate and infrastructure. The Company invests in seniors housing and healthcare real estate. It operates in three segments: triple-net, seniors housing operating and outpatient medical. Welltower, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns interests in properties concentrated in markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities, and outpatient medical properties. Its triple-net properties include independent living facilities, independent supportive living facilities (Canada), continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, care homes with and without nursing (the United Kingdom), Alzheimer’s/dementia care facilities, long-term/post-acute care facilities and hospitals. Its outpatient medical properties include outpatient medical buildings.

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