Reviewing Ventas (VTR) & Cousins Properties (CUZ)

Cousins Properties (NYSE: VTR) and Ventas (NYSE:VTR) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cousins Properties and Ventas’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cousins Properties $466.18 million 8.43 $216.27 million $0.61 15.33
Ventas $3.57 billion 5.97 $1.36 billion $4.16 14.39

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Cousins Properties and Ventas, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cousins Properties 0 1 3 0 2.75
Ventas 4 9 3 0 1.94

Cousins Properties presently has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.95%. Ventas has a consensus target price of $57.07, suggesting a potential downside of 4.67%. Given Cousins Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Cousins Properties is more favorable than Ventas.

Dividends

Cousins Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Ventas pays an annual dividend of $3.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. Cousins Properties pays out 42.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ventas pays out 76.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cousins Properties has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Ventas has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Ventas is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.5% of Ventas shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Cousins Properties shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Ventas shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Cousins Properties has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ventas has a beta of 0.14, indicating that its share price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Cousins Properties and Ventas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cousins Properties 17.63% 2.86% 1.93%
Ventas 34.00% 5.02% 2.31%

Summary

Ventas beats Cousins Properties on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cousins Properties

Cousins Properties is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company, based in Atlanta, GA and acting through its operating partnership, Cousins Properties LP, primarily invests in Class A office towers located in high-growth Sun Belt markets. Founded in 1958, Cousins creates shareholder value through its extensive expertise in the development, acquisition, leasing and management of high-quality real estate assets. The Company has a comprehensive strategy in place based on a simple platform, trophy assets and opportunistic investments.

About Ventas

Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company, is a leading real estate investment trust. Its diverse portfolio of more than 1,200 assets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom consists of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, life science and innovation centers, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities, health systems and skilled nursing facilities. Through its Lillibridge subsidiary, Ventas provides management, leasing, marketing, facility development and advisory services to highly rated hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. References to ?Ventas? or the ?Company? mean Ventas, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Ventas and Lillibridge can be found at www.ventasreit.com and www.lillibridge.com.

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