Financial Contrast: Welltower (WELL) and Its Peers

Welltower (NYSE: WELL) is one of 322 public companies in the “REAL ESTATE” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Welltower to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.


This table compares Welltower and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Welltower 12.13% 4.35% 2.24%
Welltower Competitors 23.24% 7.95% 3.03%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Welltower and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Welltower 2 8 4 0 2.14
Welltower Competitors 1740 8412 9419 257 2.41

Welltower presently has a consensus price target of $64.67, suggesting a potential upside of 22.59%. As a group, “REAL ESTATE” companies have a potential upside of 13.92%. Given Welltower’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Welltower is more favorable than its peers.


Welltower pays an annual dividend of $3.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.6%. Welltower pays out 274.0% 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, “REAL ESTATE” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.3% and pay out 114.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.1% of Welltower shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.5% of shares of all “REAL ESTATE” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Welltower shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.6% of shares of all “REAL ESTATE” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Welltower has a beta of 0.26, indicating that its share price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Welltower’s peers have a beta of 0.65, indicating that their average share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Welltower and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Welltower $4.32 billion $522.77 million 41.54
Welltower Competitors $1.23 billion $236.69 million -3,207.07

Welltower has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Welltower is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


Welltower peers beat Welltower on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Welltower Company Profile

Welltower Inc. invests with seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund real estate and infrastructure. The Company invests in seniors housing and healthcare real estate. It operates in three segments: triple-net, seniors housing operating and outpatient medical. Welltower, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns interests in properties concentrated in markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities, and outpatient medical properties. Its triple-net properties include independent living facilities, independent supportive living facilities (Canada), continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, care homes with and without nursing (the United Kingdom), Alzheimer’s/dementia care facilities, long-term/post-acute care facilities and hospitals. Its outpatient medical properties include outpatient medical buildings.

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