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Welltower Inc (WELL) is a leading reit-healthcare facilities business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$81.07 after a previous close of US$80.58. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD80.925 to a high of USD83.18. The latest price was USD82.22 (25 minute delay). Welltower is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Welltower

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Welltower. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: WELL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Welltower reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$76.45, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Welltower, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Welltower. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Welltower share price

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Welltower shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-22.
OpenUS$81.07
HighUS$83.18
LowUS$80.925
CloseUS$82.22
Previous closeUS$80.58
Change US$1.64
Change % 2.0352%
Volume 3,831,038
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$45.3732 - US$82.39
50-day moving average US$75.58
200-day moving average US$69.841
Target priceUS$78.85
PE ratio 46.0103
Dividend yield US$2.44 (3.02%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$1.752

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Is it a good time to buy Welltower stock?

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Welltower price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $82.22

1 month (2021-05-21) 12.20%
3 months (2021-03-23) 15.82%
6 months (2020-12-23) 31.85%
1 year (2020-06-23) 59.71%
2 years (2019-06-21) -1.71%
3 years (2018-06-22) 39.24%
5 years (2016-06-23) 12.57%

Is Welltower under- or over-valued?

Valuing Welltower stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Welltower's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Welltower's P/E ratio

Welltower's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 46x. In other words, Welltower shares trade at around 46x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Welltower's PEG ratio

Welltower's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.1566. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Welltower's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Welltower's EBITDA

Welltower's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Welltower's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Welltower financials

Revenue TTM US$4.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 15.63%
Gross profit TTM US$2 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.3%
Return on equity TTM 4.53%
Profit margin 16.82%
Book value 37.84
Market capitalisation US$33.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Welltower shares

There are currently 6.5 million Welltower shares held short by investors – that's known as Welltower's "short interest". This figure is 13.2% up from 5.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Welltower shares can be evaluated.

Welltower's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Welltower's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Welltower shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Welltower shares traded daily (recently around 1.7 million). Welltower's SIR currently stands at 3.86. In other words for every 100,000 Welltower shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3860 shares are currently held short.

However Welltower's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Welltower shares, or, against the total number of tradable Welltower shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Welltower's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Welltower shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0157% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Welltower shares, roughly 16 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Welltower.

Find out more about how you can short Welltower stock.

Welltower's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Welltower.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Welltower's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 15.99

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Welltower's overall score of 15.99 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Welltower is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Welltower's environmental score

Environmental score: 12.01/100

Welltower's environmental score of 12.01 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Welltower is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Welltower's social score

Social score: 10.5/100

Welltower's social score of 10.5 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Welltower is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Welltower's governance score

Governance score: 9.98/100

Welltower's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Welltower is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Welltower Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 15.99
Total ESG percentile 9.38
Environmental score 12.01
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 10.5
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 9.98
Governance score percentile 9

Welltower share dividends

73%

Dividend payout ratio: 73.05% of net profits

Recently Welltower has paid out, on average, around 73.05% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.02% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Welltower shareholders could enjoy a 3.02% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Welltower's case, that would currently equate to about $2.44 per share.

Welltower's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Welltower's most recent dividend payout was on 19 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Welltower's shares ever split?

Welltower's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 3 September 1985. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Welltower shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Welltower shares which in turn could have impacted Welltower's share price.

Welltower share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Welltower's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$45.3732 up to US$82.39. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WELL.US volatility(beta: 1.03)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Welltower's is 1.0332. This would suggest that Welltower's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Welltower overview

Welltower Inc. (NYSE:WELL), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure. The Company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people's wellness and overall health care experience. Welltower?, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns interests in properties concentrated in major, high-growth markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities and outpatient medical properties.

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