Head-To-Head Survey: Healthcare Realty Trust (NYSE:HR) & American Assets Trust (NYSE:AAT)

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Healthcare Realty Trust (NYSE:HR) and American Assets Trust (NYSE:AAT) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Dividends

Healthcare Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. American Assets Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Healthcare Realty Trust pays out 76.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. American Assets Trust pays out 53.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Healthcare Realty Trust has a beta of 0.36, meaning that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Assets Trust has a beta of 0.38, meaning that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Healthcare Realty Trust and American Assets Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Healthcare Realty Trust 0 3 2 0 2.40
American Assets Trust 0 0 4 0 3.00

Healthcare Realty Trust currently has a consensus price target of $32.75, indicating a potential upside of 1.61%. American Assets Trust has a consensus price target of $49.50, indicating a potential upside of 5.54%. Given American Assets Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe American Assets Trust is more favorable than Healthcare Realty Trust.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.7% of Healthcare Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.8% of American Assets Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Healthcare Realty Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 37.3% of American Assets Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Healthcare Realty Trust and American Assets Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Healthcare Realty Trust 14.52% 3.73% 2.02%
American Assets Trust 9.31% 3.86% 1.42%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Healthcare Realty Trust and American Assets Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Healthcare Realty Trust $450.39 million 9.25 $69.77 million $1.57 20.53
American Assets Trust $330.87 million 6.80 $27.20 million $2.09 22.44

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

Summary

American Assets Trust beats Healthcare Realty Trust on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Healthcare Realty Trust Company Profile

Healthcare Realty Trust is a real estate investment trust that integrates owning, managing, financing and developing income-producing real estate properties associated primarily with the delivery of outpatient healthcare services throughout the United States. As of December 31, 2018, the Company owned 199 real estate properties in 27 states totaling 14.8 million square feet and was valued at approximately $4.9 billion. The Company provided leasing and property management services to 11.2 million square feet nationwide.

American Assets Trust Company Profile

American Assets Trust, Inc. (the ?company?) is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust, or REIT, headquartered in San Diego, California. The company has over 50 years of experience in acquiring, improving, developing and managing premier retail, office and residential properties throughout the United States in some of the nation's most dynamic, high-barrier-to-entry markets primarily in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii. The company's retail portfolio comprises approximately 3.1 million rentable square feet, and its office portfolio comprises approximately 2.7 million square feet. In addition, the company owns one mixed-use property (including approximately 97,000 rentable square feet of retail space and a 369-room all-suite hotel) and 2,112 multifamily units. In 2011, the company was formed to succeed to the real estate business of American Assets, Inc., a privately held corporation founded in 1967 and, as such, has significant experience, long-standing relationships and extensive knowledge of its core markets, submarkets and asset classes.

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