Comparing Sabra Healthcare REIT (SBRA) & MedEquities Realty Trust (MRT)

Sabra Healthcare REIT (NASDAQ: SBRA) and MedEquities Realty Trust (NYSE:MRT) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Sabra Healthcare REIT and MedEquities Realty Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sabra Healthcare REIT 1 4 4 0 2.33
MedEquities Realty Trust 1 1 4 0 2.50

Sabra Healthcare REIT presently has a consensus target price of $24.33, indicating a potential upside of 29.30%. MedEquities Realty Trust has a consensus target price of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 19.27%. Given Sabra Healthcare REIT’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sabra Healthcare REIT is more favorable than MedEquities Realty Trust.

Dividends

Sabra Healthcare REIT pays an annual dividend of $2.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.1%. MedEquities Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.7%. Sabra Healthcare REIT pays out 221.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. MedEquities Realty Trust pays out 210.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk and Volatility

Sabra Healthcare REIT has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MedEquities Realty Trust has a beta of -0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 175% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sabra Healthcare REIT and MedEquities Realty Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sabra Healthcare REIT $260.53 million 12.87 $70.27 million $0.94 20.02
MedEquities Realty Trust $49.30 million 7.02 $11.05 million $0.40 27.25

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

Profitability

This table compares Sabra Healthcare REIT and MedEquities Realty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sabra Healthcare REIT 25.79% 4.86% 2.33%
MedEquities Realty Trust 35.61% 5.88% 3.89%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.5% of Sabra Healthcare REIT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.2% of MedEquities Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of Sabra Healthcare REIT shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of MedEquities Realty Trust shares are held by 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.

Summary

Sabra Healthcare REIT beats MedEquities Realty Trust on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sabra Healthcare REIT

Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and invests in real estate serving the healthcare industry. The Company’s segment includes investments in healthcare-related real estate properties. The Company’s primary business consists of acquiring, financing and owning real estate property to be leased to third-party tenants in the healthcare sector. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s investment portfolio consisted of 183 real estate properties held for investment (consisting of 97 skilled nursing/transitional care facilities, 85 senior housing facilities, and one acute care hospital); 10 investments in loans receivable (consisting of four mortgage loans, one construction loan, one mezzanine loan, three pre-development loans and one debtor-in-possession (DIP) loan) and 12 preferred equity investments. It has properties located in New Hampshire, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland and Nebraska, among others.

About MedEquities Realty Trust

MedEquities Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company invests in a diversified mix of healthcare properties and healthcare-related real estate debt investments. The Company invests primarily in real estate across the acute and post-acute spectrum of care. It focuses on investing in various types of healthcare properties, including acute care hospitals; skilled nursing facilities; short-stay surgical and specialty hospitals, which focus on orthopedic, heart and other dedicated surgeries and specialty procedures; dedicated specialty hospitals, such as inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term acute care hospitals and facilities providing psychiatric care; physician clinics; diagnostic facilities; outpatient surgery centers, and facilities that support these services, such as medical office buildings. As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s portfolio included 24 healthcare facilities and one healthcare-related debt investment.

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