Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, long-term care facility operator National Health Investors (NYSE: NHI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

National Health facts

Headquarters (Founded) Murfreesboro, Tenn. (1991)
Market Cap $1.3 billion
Industry REIT
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $82.7 million
Management CEO J. Justin Hutchens (since 2011)
Chief Accounting Officer Roger Hopkins (since 2006)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 14.6%
Cash/Debt $15.9 million / $97.3 million
Dividend Yield 5.5%
Competitors HCP
Health Care REIT

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 152 members who have rated National Health believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A couple of months ago, one of those bulls, All-Star healthcarevalue, highlighted several of National Health's positives:

[Return on Invested Capital] has been great for last 8 years, over 9 percent. ... [M]arket cap leaves room to grow and/or be acquired. Debt/equity has been traditionally low, below 0.5 for about ten years. Healthcare properties REIT, based in Tennessee, focusing on long term care.

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