Thursday, August 7, 2014

Universal HealthRealty Income Trust (UHT) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Universal HealthRealty Income Trust (UHT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Universal Health Realty Income Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in healthcare and human service related facilities.

Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value along with these four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Avg. High Yield Price
2. 20-Year DCF Price
3. Avg. P/E Price
4. Graham Number

UHT is trading at a premium to all four valuations above. The stock is trading at a slight premium to its calculated fair value of $41.03. UHT did not earn any Stars in this section.

Dividend Analytical Data: In this section there are three possible Stars and three key metrics, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Free Cash Flow Payout
2. Debt To Total Capital
3. Key Metrics
4. Dividend Growth Rate
5. Years of Div. Growth
6. Rolling 4-yr Div. > 15%

UHT earned one Star in this section for 3.) above. UHT earned a Star for having an acceptable score in at least two of the four Key Metrics measured. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1987 and has increased its dividend payments for 28 consecutive years.

Dividend Income vs. MMA: Why would you assume the equity risk and invest in a dividend stock if you could earn a better return in a much less risky money market account (MMA) or Treasury bond? This section compares the earning ability of this stock with a high yield MMA. Two items are considered in this section, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. NPV MMA Diff.
2. Years to > MMA

UHT earned a Star in this section for its NPV MMA Diff. of the $952. This amount is in excess of the $700 target I look for in a stock that has increased dividends as long as UHT has. The stock's current yield of 5.92% exceeds the 3.08% estimated 20-year average MMA rate.

Memberships and Peers: UHT is, a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index and a Dividend Champion. The company's peer group includes: Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) with a 3.7% yield, Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (HR) with a 4.7% yield and LTC Properties Inc. (LTC) with a 5.2% yield.

Conclusion: UHT did not earn any Stars in the Fair Value section, earned one Star in the Dividend Analytical Data section and earned one Star in the Dividend Income vs. MMA section for a total of two Stars. This quantitatively ranks UHT as a 2-Star Weak stock.

Using my D4L-PreScreen.xls model, I determined the share price would need to increase to $47.31 before UHT's NPV MMA Differential decreased to the $700 minimum that I look for in a stock with 28 years of consecutive dividend increases. At that price the stock would yield 5.3%.

Resetting the D4L-PreScreen.xls model and solving for the dividend growth rate needed to generate the target $700 NPV MMA Differential, the calculated rate is -1.1%. This dividend growth rate is lower than the 0.2% used in this analysis, thus providing a margin of safety. UHT has a risk rating of 1.50 which classifies it as a Low risk stock.

UHT's property portfolio includes hospitals, medical office buildings, and child-care centers with significant operations in Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. After announcing its second quarter results, the company's CEO, Alan B. Miller, stated "We remain pleased with the underlying strength of our two businesses. The reduction in uncompensated care at our acute care hospitals resulting both from healthcare reform and improvements in the underlying economy partially reverses a trend that had been hindering our results for an extended period of time."

It's dividend fundamentals, including debt to total capital of 66% and free cash flow payout of 113% are both above my maximums. As a REIT, its free cash flow payout is high due to legal requirements of the structure. Its dividend growth rate is 0.2%. Given these metrics and that it is trading at a slight premium to my calculated fair value of $41.03, I will not be adding to my position at this time.

Disclaimer: Material presented here is for informational purposes only. The above quantitative stock analysis, including the Star rating, is mechanically calculated and is based on historical information. The analysis assumes the stock will perform in the future as it has in the past. This is generally never true. Before buying or selling any stock you should do your own research and reach your own conclusion. See my Disclaimer for more information.

Full Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I was long in UHT (2.1% of my Dividend Growth Portfolio). See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

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