NorthStar Asset Management Group (NYSE: CLNS) and Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Dividends

NorthStar Asset Management Group pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.2%. Senior Housing Properties Trust does not pay a dividend. NorthStar Asset Management Group pays out 830.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.3% of NorthStar Asset Management Group shares are held by institutional investors. 8.0% of NorthStar Asset Management Group 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NorthStar Asset Management Group and Senior Housing Properties Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NorthStar Asset Management Group $1.78 billion 4.07 $945.30 million $0.13 100.85
Senior Housing Properties Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

NorthStar Asset Management Group has higher revenue and earnings than Senior Housing Properties Trust.

Profitability

This table compares NorthStar Asset Management Group and Senior Housing Properties Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NorthStar Asset Management Group 7.95% 3.04% 1.37%
Senior Housing Properties Trust 6.43% 2.01% 0.95%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for NorthStar Asset Management Group and Senior Housing Properties Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NorthStar Asset Management Group 0 2 3 0 2.60
Senior Housing Properties Trust 1 3 2 0 2.17

NorthStar Asset Management Group currently has a consensus target price of $16.81, suggesting a potential upside of 28.24%. Senior Housing Properties Trust has a consensus target price of $22.20, suggesting a potential upside of 12.58%. Given NorthStar Asset Management Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe NorthStar Asset Management Group is more favorable than Senior Housing Properties Trust.

Summary

NorthStar Asset Management Group beats Senior Housing Properties Trust on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

NorthStar Asset Management Group Company Profile

Colony NorthStar, Inc. is a diversified equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company combines a portfolio of real assets across the world, which are managed with a global real estate investment manager. The Company has property holdings in the healthcare, industrial and hospitality sectors, opportunistic equity and debt investments, and an embedded institutional and retail investment management business. In addition, the Company owns NorthStar Securities, LLC, a captive broker-dealer platform which raises capital in the retail market. The Company acquires, develops and operates industrial properties in metropolitan markets throughout the United States with a focus on light industrial buildings. The Company provides investment management services and offers investment products while serving as a fiduciary to a set of institutional and individual investors.

Senior Housing Properties Trust Company Profile

Senior Housing Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s segments include triple net senior living communities that provide short term and long term residential care and other services for residents; managed senior living communities that provide short term and long term residential care and other services for residents; properties leased to medical providers, medical related businesses, clinics and biotech laboratory tenants (MOBs), and all other, including certain properties that offer wellness, fitness and spa services to members. Properties in triple net senior living communities segment include leased independent living communities, assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities. Properties in managed senior living communities segment include managed independent living communities and assisted living communities.

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