NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Welltower (HCN) is scheduled to release its 2015 third quarter earnings results before the market open on Friday.

Analysts are expecting the healthcare REIT to post a year over year rise in both earnings per share and revenue for the most recent quarter.

The company has been forecast to report earnings of 54 cents per share on revenue of $956.6 million for the September ended period.

Welltower's earnings came in at 44 cents per diluted share on $847.5 million in gross revenue for the 2014 third quarter.

Shares of Welltower are down by 0.75% to $66.32 on Thursday morning.

Based in Toledo-OH, Welltower is an REIT with a portfolio of senior housing and healthcare real estate including nursing/post-acute facilities, medical office buildings, inpatient and outpatient medical centers and life science facilities.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates WELLTOWER INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate WELLTOWER INC (HCN) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • HCN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • WELLTOWER INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, WELLTOWER INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.40 versus $0.09 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.40 versus $1.40).
  • 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 273.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $88.18 million to $328.93 million.
  • 36.37% is the gross profit margin for WELLTOWER INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 34.47% is above that of the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: HCN