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Senior Housing Properties

Dividend Yield: 6.80%

Senior Housing Properties (NYSE: SNH) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.80%.

Senior Housing Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), primarily invests in senior housing properties in the United States. The trust invests in hospitals, nursing homes, senior apartments, independent living properties, and assisted living properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.88.

The average volume for Senior Housing Properties has been 1,525,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Senior Housing Properties has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Senior Housing Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 48.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $25.65 million to $38.12 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $97.25 million or 5.15% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, SENIOR HOUSING PPTYS TRUST's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 8.38%.
  • SENIOR HOUSING PPTYS TRUST has improved earnings per share by 42.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SENIOR HOUSING PPTYS TRUST reported lower earnings of $0.78 versus $1.02 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.83 versus $0.78).

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