Analyzing Caretrust REIT (NASDAQ:CTRE) & Ryman Hospitality Properties (NASDAQ:RHP)

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Caretrust REIT (NASDAQ:CTRE) and Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE:RHP) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.7% of Caretrust REIT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.6% of Ryman Hospitality Properties shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Caretrust REIT shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of Ryman Hospitality Properties shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Caretrust REIT pays an annual dividend of $0.90 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Ryman Hospitality Properties pays an annual dividend of $3.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. Caretrust REIT pays out 70.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ryman Hospitality Properties pays out 61.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Caretrust REIT has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years and Ryman Hospitality Properties has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Ryman Hospitality Properties is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Caretrust REIT and Ryman Hospitality Properties’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Caretrust REIT $156.94 million 14.87 $57.92 million $1.28 19.08
Ryman Hospitality Properties $1.28 billion 3.28 $264.67 million $5.86 13.88

Ryman Hospitality Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Caretrust REIT. Ryman Hospitality Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Caretrust REIT, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Caretrust REIT has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ryman Hospitality Properties has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Caretrust REIT and Ryman Hospitality Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Caretrust REIT 37.46% 8.08% 4.51%
Ryman Hospitality Properties 19.65% 67.41% 8.51%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Caretrust REIT and Ryman Hospitality Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Caretrust REIT 0 2 5 0 2.71
Ryman Hospitality Properties 0 1 4 0 2.80

Caretrust REIT presently has a consensus price target of $22.29, suggesting a potential downside of 8.74%. Ryman Hospitality Properties has a consensus price target of $91.50, suggesting a potential upside of 12.50%. Given Ryman Hospitality Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ryman Hospitality Properties is more favorable than Caretrust REIT.

Summary

Ryman Hospitality Properties beats Caretrust REIT on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Caretrust REIT Company Profile

CareTrust REIT, Inc. is a self-administered, publicly-traded real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, acquisition and leasing of seniors housing and healthcare-related properties. With 199 net-leased healthcare properties and three operated seniors housing properties in 27 states, CareTrust is pursuing opportunities across the nation to acquire properties that will be leased to a diverse group of local, regional and national seniors housing operators, healthcare services providers, and other healthcare-related businesses.

Ryman Hospitality Properties Company Profile

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE:RHP) is a REIT for federal income tax purposes, specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets. The Company's owned assets include a network of four upscale, meetings-focused resorts totaling 8,114 rooms that are managed by lodging operator Marriott International, Inc. under the Gaylord Hotels brand. The Company is a joint venture owner of the 1,501-room Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, which is also managed by Marriott International, Inc. Other owned assets managed by Marriott International, Inc. include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, the Wildhorse Saloon, the General Jackson Showboat, The Inn at Opryland, a 303-room overflow hotel adjacent to Gaylord Opryland and AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, a 192-room hotel near Gaylord National. The Company also owns and operates media and entertainment assets, including the Grand Ole Opry (opry.com), the legendary weekly showcase of country music's finest performers for over 90 years; the Ryman Auditorium, the storied former home of the Grand Ole Opry located in downtown Nashville; 650 AM WSM, the Opry's radio home; and Ole Red, a country lifestyle and entertainment brand.

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