Head to Head Survey: National Health Investors (NHI) and Aviv REIT (AVIV)

National Health Investors (NYSE: NHI) and Aviv REIT (NYSE:AVIV) are both financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and profitability.


This table compares National Health Investors and Aviv REIT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Health Investors 57.19% 12.20% 6.32%
Aviv REIT 25.04% 6.86% 2.80%


National Health Investors pays an annual dividend of $3.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Aviv REIT does not pay a dividend. National Health Investors pays out 97.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Aviv REIT has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares National Health Investors and Aviv REIT’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National Health Investors $278.66 million 10.21 $159.36 million $3.88 17.65
Aviv REIT N/A N/A N/A $0.75 48.91

National Health Investors has higher revenue and earnings than Aviv REIT. National Health Investors is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Aviv REIT, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for National Health Investors and Aviv REIT, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Health Investors 2 5 3 0 2.10
Aviv REIT 0 0 0 0 N/A

National Health Investors presently has a consensus price target of $76.57, indicating a potential upside of 11.80%. Given National Health Investors’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe National Health Investors is more favorable than Aviv REIT.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.9% of National Health Investors shares are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of National Health Investors shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


National Health Investors beats Aviv REIT on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

National Health Investors Company Profile

National Health Investors, Inc. is a self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in sale-leaseback, joint-venture, mortgage and mezzanine financing of need-driven and discretionary senior housing and medical investments. The Company is engaged in the business of owning and financing healthcare properties. Its portfolio consists of lease, mortgage and other note investments in independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, entrance-fee communities, senior living campuses, skilled nursing facilities, specialty hospitals and medical office buildings. Its other investments include marketable securities and a joint venture structured to comply with the provisions of the REIT Investment Diversification Empowerment Act of 2007 (RIDEA) through which it invests in facility operations managed by an independent third party. As of December 31, 2016, it had investments in real estate, mortgage and other notes receivable involving 205 facilities located in 32 states.

Aviv REIT Company Profile

Aviv REIT, Inc. (AVIV) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in investments in healthcare properties, consisting primarily of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), assisted living facilities (ALFs), and other healthcare properties located in the United States. It specializes in the ownership and triple-net leasing of post-acute and long-term care SNFs. Its leases include rent escalation provisions. The Company is the general partner of Aviv Healthcare Properties Limited Partnership. Its portfolio consists of approximately 346 properties, comprising 285 skilled nursing facilities, 35 assisted living facilities, 14 traumatic brain injury facilities, two long-term acute care hospitals, one neuro hospital, two independent living facilities, two medical office buildings, and five land parcels for development, with approximately 29,646 beds in 30 states triple-net leased to 37 operators.

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