Is Welltower Inc. (WELL) Good For Your Portfolio?

Welltower Inc. (NYSE:WELL) saw an upside of 0.54% to close Tuesday at $83.29 after adding $0.45 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 1,196,180 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $84.36 in the past week. An average of 1,692,750 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 1,847,922.

WELL’s 1-month performance is -5.59% or -$3.39 on its low of $80.01 reached on 10/06/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $51.66 and high of $89.80, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 07/16/21. YTD, WELL has achieved 28.89% or $18.67. However, the current price is down -7.25%% from the 52-week high price.

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Valuation Metrics

Welltower Inc. (WELL) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 21.25 for the broader industry and 37.94 for the sector. The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 64.52 and a low of 10.89. WELL stock has a beta of 1.03. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 8.11 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 2.18, with the price to cash flow ratio at 202.86.

Welltower Inc. pays an annual dividend of $2.44 per share. Its dividend yield is 2.93% and the payout ratio is 173.40%. WELL’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Aug. 19, when it paid $0.61 a share compared with prior rate of $0.61, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 2 consecutive years with the latest dividend decrease of $0.26 reported on Wednesday May 6 2020. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by -22.41% yearly.

It is projected that Welltower Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 12-Nov. WELL is expected to distribute $0.61 as its next dividend.

As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.85, while the total debt to equity was 0.85. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 42.90%. while for the period ending June 29; Welltower Inc.’s operating margin was 9.10%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $676.54 million against revenue of $4.61 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected WELL to announce $0.1 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.06, representing a -40.00% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $453.21 million. WELL stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that, with total debt at $13.96 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $422.56 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Welltower Inc. (WELL) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 12 October was 46.45% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 20.66%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $82.99, reflecting a +1.90% or $1.55 change from its current price. WELL is currently trading -4.85% above its 20-day SMA, +13.41% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -3.45% and +31.12% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 41.47% and 39.35% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 1.84. The RSI (14) points at 45.44%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 47.95% with the period’s ATR at 1.85. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -0.02 and -0.30 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL), BMO Capital Markets upgraded it to an Outperform rating. They previously had a Market perform rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for WELL stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate WELL as a “sell,”, while 7 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 2 rates the stock as overweight while 12 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is WELL’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $68.00 and a high of $105.00, with their median price target at $94.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Welltower Inc. (WELL) stock is $92.32.


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