Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE: CHCT) and Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Community Healthcare Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Physicians Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. Community Healthcare Trust pays out 718.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Physicians Realty Trust pays out 400.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Community Healthcare Trust and Physicians Realty Trust’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Community Healthcare Trust $25.20 million 20.52 $2.72 million $0.22 129.91
Physicians Realty Trust $241.03 million 13.49 $29.98 million $0.23 78.87

Physicians Realty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Community Healthcare Trust. Physicians Realty Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Community Healthcare Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Community Healthcare Trust and Physicians Realty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Community Healthcare Trust 8.86% 1.40% 1.00%
Physicians Realty Trust 11.39% 1.70% 1.07%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.5% of Community Healthcare Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.8% of Physicians Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of Community Healthcare Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Physicians Realty Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Community Healthcare Trust and Physicians Realty Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Community Healthcare Trust 0 0 1 0 3.00
Physicians Realty Trust 0 3 10 0 2.77

Community Healthcare Trust presently has a consensus target price of $26.50, suggesting a potential downside of 7.28%. Physicians Realty Trust has a consensus target price of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 13.01%. Given Physicians Realty Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Physicians Realty Trust is more favorable than Community Healthcare Trust.

Summary

Physicians Realty Trust beats Community Healthcare Trust on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Community Healthcare Trust

Community Healthcare Trust Incorporated is an integrated healthcare real estate company. The Company owns and acquires, or finances, real estate properties that are leased to hospitals, doctors, healthcare systems or other healthcare service providers in non-urban markets. It has investments in healthcare real estate, including mortgage and other loans. The Company’s medical office buildings are located in areas, such as, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Texas. Its physician clinics are located in Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Its surgical centers and hospitals are located in areas, such as Louisiana, Michigan and Arizona. Its behavioral facilities are located in Indiana and Illinois. Its specialty centers are located in Texas, Colorado and Alabama, among others. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had interests in 57 real estate properties and one mortgage note, located in 22 states, totaling over 1.33 million square feet in the aggregate.

About Physicians Realty Trust

Physicians Realty Trust (the Trust) is a real estate investment trust. Physicians Realty L.P. is the operating partnership of the Trust. The Trust and its operating partnership are engaged in acquiring, developing, owning and managing healthcare properties that are leased to physicians, hospitals and healthcare delivery systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 246 properties located in 29 states with approximately 10,883,601 net leasable square feet. The Company invests in real estate that is integral to providing healthcare services. The Company focuses its investment activity on various types of healthcare properties, such as medical office buildings; outpatient treatment and diagnostic facilities; physician group practice clinics; ambulatory surgery centers, and specialty hospitals and treatment centers. Its properties include Arrowhead Commons, Aurora Medical Office Building, Decatur Medical Office Building and El Paso Medical Office Building.

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