Contrasting EPR Properties (EPR) and Its Rivals

EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR) is one of 77 public companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare EPR Properties to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

EPR Properties has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EPR Properties’ competitors have a beta of 0.80, indicating that their average stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.1% of EPR Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.6% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of EPR Properties shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held 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 EPR Properties and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EPR Properties 0 3 2 0 2.40
EPR Properties Competitors 657 2597 2231 23 2.29

EPR Properties currently has a consensus price target of $79.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.86%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.77%. Given EPR Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe EPR Properties is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares EPR Properties and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
EPR Properties $493.24 million $224.98 million 20.12
EPR Properties Competitors $536.81 million $100.12 million 485.40

EPR Properties’ competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than EPR Properties. EPR Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

EPR Properties pays an annual dividend of $4.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.0%. EPR Properties pays out 121.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.9% and pay out 190.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. EPR Properties has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. EPR Properties is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares EPR Properties and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EPR Properties 45.71% 10.01% 4.65%
EPR Properties Competitors 53.90% 6.83% 3.94%

Summary

EPR Properties beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

EPR Properties Company Profile

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust. The Company’s investment portfolio includes primarily entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s segments include Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels. The Education segment consists of investments in public charter schools, early education centers and K-12 private schools. The Recreation segment consists of investments in ski areas, waterparks, golf entertainment complexes and other recreation. The Other segment consists primarily of land under ground lease, property under development and land held for development. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s owned real estate portfolio of megaplex theatres consisted of approximately 10.6 million square feet.

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