Ventas (NYSE:VTR) and American Spectrum Realty (OTCMKTS:AQQSQ) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and profitability.


This table compares Ventas and American Spectrum Realty’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ventas 12.73% 4.59% 2.08%
American Spectrum Realty N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ventas and American Spectrum Realty’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ventas $3.75 billion 5.82 $409.46 million $4.07 14.36
American Spectrum Realty N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ventas has higher revenue and earnings than American Spectrum Realty.

Volatility and Risk

Ventas has a beta of 0.12, meaning that its stock price is 88% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Spectrum Realty has a beta of -6.21, meaning that its stock price is 721% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Ventas and American Spectrum Realty, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ventas 3 12 2 0 1.94
American Spectrum Realty 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ventas currently has a consensus target price of $64.78, suggesting a potential upside of 10.83%.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.0% of Ventas shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Ventas shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 35.9% of American Spectrum Realty shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Ventas beats American Spectrum Realty on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ventas Company Profile

Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company, is a leading real estate investment trust. Its diverse portfolio of approximately 1,200 assets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom consists of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, university-based research and innovation centers, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities, and health systems. Through its Lillibridge subsidiary, Ventas provides management, leasing, marketing, facility development and advisory services to highly rated hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. References to “Ventas” or the “Company” mean Ventas, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

American Spectrum Realty Company Profile

American Spectrum Realty, Inc., is out of business. The firm through its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership, management, and operation of income-producing properties in the United States. As of December 31, 2008, it owned and operated 29 properties, which consisted of 23 office buildings, 5 industrial properties, and 1 retail property. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Houston, Texas. On March 16, 2015, American Spectrum Realty Inc. filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plan was later approved as Chapter 11 liquidation on July 8, 2016.

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