12 Jan

Welltower’s Performance versus Peers

WRITTEN BY Raina Brown

Peer group price to FFO multiple

REITs’ income can be correctly determined using the price-to-FFO multiple, which makes multiple adjustments—like adding back depreciation to correctly reflect income.

Welltower’s Performance versus Peers

Welltower’s funds from operations or FFO for 3Q17 stood at $1.08 per share. FFO per share for 2017 is expected in the range of $4.19–$4.25. This expectation increased from the prior guidance of $4.15–$4.25.

HCN has a price-to-FFO multiple of 13.7x. The peer group average is 25.30x, while the peer group median is close to 13.7x. The peer group consists of Ventas (VTR), Healthcare Trust of America (HTA), and HCP (HCP). HCN trades at a discount compared to its peer group.

Peer group dividend yield

HCN has a dividend yield of 5.7%—higher than the peer group median and average of 5.6%. Compared to the peer group, it has a higher dividend yield and a higher payout ratio.

Peer group earnings per share

HCN has a TTM (trailing-12-month) EPS (earnings per share) and TTM PE (price-to-earnings ratio) of $1.15 and $53.01, respectively. Peer Ventas (VTR) recorded $1.68 and $33.77, respectively, while Healthcare Trust of America (HTA) recorded $0.24 and $116.45, and HCP (HCP) recorded $1.11 and $21.95.

Welltower makes up almost ~2.59% of the Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ). It has a large portfolio and covers a variety of industries, like healthcare and self-storage.

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