EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR) is one of 87 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare EPR Properties to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

EPR Properties has a beta of 0.58, meaning that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EPR Properties’ rivals have a beta of 0.80, meaning that their average share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares EPR Properties and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
EPR Properties $493.24 $224.98 20.50
EPR Properties Competitors $544.77 $101.33 14.83

EPR Properties’ rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than EPR Properties. EPR Properties is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares EPR Properties and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EPR Properties 46.90% 10.51% 4.89%
EPR Properties Competitors 52.33% 6.68% 3.85%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for EPR Properties and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EPR Properties 0 2 2 0 2.50
EPR Properties Competitors 644 2531 2194 23 2.30

EPR Properties currently has a consensus target price of $78.80, suggesting a potential upside of 13.04%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.61%. Given EPR Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe EPR Properties is more favorable than its rivals.

Dividends

EPR Properties pays an annual dividend of $4.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. EPR Properties pays out 120.0% 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, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.7% and pay out 156.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. EPR Properties has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. EPR Properties is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.1% of EPR Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of EPR Properties shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.0% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

EPR Properties beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

EPR Properties Company Profile

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust. The Company’s investment portfolio includes primarily entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s segments include Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels. The Education segment consists of investments in public charter schools, early education centers and K-12 private schools. The Recreation segment consists of investments in ski areas, waterparks, golf entertainment complexes and other recreation. The Other segment consists primarily of land under ground lease, property under development and land held for development. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s owned real estate portfolio of megaplex theatres consisted of approximately 10.6 million square feet.

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