Ventas (NYSE: VTR) and Aviv REIT (NASDAQ:AVIV) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Ventas and Aviv REIT, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ventas 3 7 0 0 1.70
Aviv REIT 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ventas currently has a consensus target price of $62.33, indicating a potential downside of 5.74%. Given Ventas’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Ventas is more favorable than Aviv REIT.

Profitability

This table compares Ventas and Aviv REIT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ventas 20.08% 6.31% 2.81%
Aviv REIT 25.04% 6.86% 2.80%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.6% of Ventas shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Ventas shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ventas and Aviv REIT’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ventas $3.52 billion 6.69 $1.88 billion $1.97 33.57
Aviv REIT N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ventas has higher revenue and earnings than Aviv REIT.

Dividends

Ventas pays an annual dividend of $3.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Aviv REIT does not pay a dividend. Ventas pays out 157.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ventas has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Ventas beats Aviv REIT on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ventas Company Profile

Ventas, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) with its properties located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company operates through three segments: triple-net leased properties, senior living operations and office operations. Under its triple-net leased properties segment, the Company invests in and owns seniors housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States and the United Kingdom and leases those properties to healthcare operating companies under triple-net or absolute-net leases that obligate the tenants to pay all property-related expenses. In its senior living operations segment, it invests in seniors housing communities throughout the United States and Canada and engages independent operators to manage those communities. In its office operations segment, the Company primarily acquires, owns, develops, leases and manages medical office buildings (MOBs) and life science and innovation centers throughout the United States.

Aviv REIT Company Profile

Aviv REIT, Inc. (AVIV) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in investments in healthcare properties, consisting primarily of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), assisted living facilities (ALFs), and other healthcare properties located in the United States. It specializes in the ownership and triple-net leasing of post-acute and long-term care SNFs. Its leases include rent escalation provisions. The Company is the general partner of Aviv Healthcare Properties Limited Partnership. Its portfolio consists of approximately 346 properties, comprising 285 skilled nursing facilities, 35 assisted living facilities, 14 traumatic brain injury facilities, two long-term acute care hospitals, one neuro hospital, two independent living facilities, two medical office buildings, and five land parcels for development, with approximately 29,646 beds in 30 states triple-net leased to 37 operators.

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