Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, health-care property manager Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Health Care REIT's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Health Care REIT facts

Headquarters (Founded) Toledo, Ohio (1970)
Market Cap $9.36 billion
Industry Health-care facility REIT
Revenue $679.53 million

Chairman/CEO George Chapman (since 1996)

CFO Scott Estes (since 2006)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 3.6%
Cash/Debt $131.57 million / $4.47 billion
Dividend Yield 5.2%


National Health Investors (NYSE: NHI)

Nationwide Health Properties (NYSE: NHP)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 441 members who have rated Health Care REIT believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include sk8terman and fooch44.

A couple of months ago, sk8terman tapped Health Care REIT as a relatively stable income opportunity: "Nice yield, way to play health care without exposure to the large pharmas. Comparable yield, but with more predictable steady growth."

In fact, Health Care REIT is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 11.6% annually. That's faster than that of rivals HCP (7.6%), National Health (7%), and Nationwide Health (4.6%).

Late last year, CAPS member fooch44 elaborated on the bull case:

A simple and easy to understand model. HCN owns senior living properties and medical office buildings. Future industry tailwinds are favorable. The company has stable cash flow and a "fortresslike balance sheet" that should protect against economic downturns. An attractive ... market yield with fairly stable future prospects, should yield a 9-10% future return with moderate risk factors.

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