Stocks Take A Hit: How Will CareTrust REIT, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRE) Fare?

The risk of investing in the stock market is a systematic crash. This is when all the stock prices start falling around the same time. But this risk is also an opportunity for those that understand the fickle nature of the market. High quality, proven companies tend to stick around in the long run, although their share price may be temporarily impacted by a crash. This is the best time to buy stocks like CareTrust REIT, Inc. at a discount.

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CareTrust REIT, Inc. is a self-administered, publicly-traded real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, acquisition and leasing of seniors housing and healthcare-related properties. Started in 2013, and led by CEO Gregory Stapley, the company provides employment to 57.00 people and has a market cap of US$2.1b, putting it in the mid-cap stocks category. Typically, large companies are well-established and highly resourced, meaning that stock market volatility may impact some short-term strategic decisions but unlikely to matter in the long run. Therefore, large-cap stocks are a safe bet to buy more of when the general market is selling off.

NasdaqGS:CTRE Historical Debt, March 27th 2019
NasdaqGS:CTRE Historical Debt, March 27th 2019

CareTrust REIT currently has US$490m debt on its books which requires regular servicing. This means it needs to have sufficient cash-on-hand to meet upcoming interest expenses. CareTrust REIT generates enough earnings to cover its interest payments, more specifically, its interest coverage ratio (EBIT/interest) is 3.01x, which is well-above the minimum requirement of 3x. Moreover, its operating cash flows amply covers its total debt by 20%, above the safe minimum of 20%. Not to mention, it meets the basic liquidity requirement with current assets exceeding liabilities, which further builds on its financial strength in the face of a volatile market.

NasdaqGS:CTRE Income Statement, March 27th 2019
NasdaqGS:CTRE Income Statement, March 27th 2019

CTRE’s annual earnings growth rate has been positive over the last five years, with an average rate of 57%, outpacing the industry growth rate of 19%. It has also returned an ROE of 7.5% recently, above the industry return of 6.7%. CareTrust REIT’s strong performance over time is a demonstration of its ability to grow through cycles, raising my confidence in the company as a long-term investment.

Next Steps:

Based on these three factors, CTRE makes for a strong long-term investment in the face of a fickle stock market. If you’re a risk averse investor, lining your portfolio with proven companies you’re willing to buy more and more of as the price falls, is a good strategy to build your wealth over the long run. This is the beginning of your research, but before you decide to buy CTRE, I highly urge you to understand more about the company, in particular, in these following areas:
  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CTRE’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CTRE’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is CTRE worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether CTRE is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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