Brixmor Property Group (NYSE: BRX) and Urban Edge Properties (NYSE:UE) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.2% of Urban Edge Properties shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Brixmor Property Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.7% of Urban Edge Properties shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Brixmor Property Group has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Urban Edge Properties has a beta of 0.57, suggesting that its stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Brixmor Property Group and Urban Edge Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brixmor Property Group 23.06% 10.22% 3.19%
Urban Edge Properties 27.04% 16.72% 4.87%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Brixmor Property Group and Urban Edge Properties’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brixmor Property Group $1.29 billion 4.40 $840.64 million $0.98 19.01
Urban Edge Properties $379.02 million 6.97 $230.14 million $1.01 24.31

Brixmor Property Group has higher revenue and earnings than Urban Edge Properties. Brixmor Property Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Urban Edge Properties, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Brixmor Property Group and Urban Edge Properties, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brixmor Property Group 0 5 6 0 2.55
Urban Edge Properties 1 0 0 0 1.00

Brixmor Property Group currently has a consensus price target of $23.50, suggesting a potential upside of 26.14%. Urban Edge Properties has a consensus price target of $25.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.83%. Given Brixmor Property Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Brixmor Property Group is more favorable than Urban Edge Properties.

Dividends

Brixmor Property Group pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. Urban Edge Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Brixmor Property Group pays out 106.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Urban Edge Properties pays out 87.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Urban Edge Properties beats Brixmor Property Group on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brixmor Property Group Company Profile

Brixmor Property Group Inc. is an internally managed real estate investment trust. The Company conducts its operations primarily through Brixmor Operating Partnership LP and subsidiaries (collectively, the Operating Partnership). As of December 31, 2016, it owned interests in 512 shopping centers (the Portfolio) with approximately 86 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), including 511 shopping centers and one shopping center held through an unconsolidated joint venture. With an average shopping center size of 167,982 square feet as of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted predominantly of community and neighborhood shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were located in various states of the United States, such as Texas, Florida, California, New York, Illinois, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan, Connecticut, Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona, Delaware, West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Urban Edge Properties Company Profile

Urban Edge Properties is a real estate investment trust. The Company is focused on managing, developing, redeveloping and acquiring retail real estate in urban communities, in the New York metropolitan region. Urban Edge Properties LP (UELP or the Operating Partnership) serves as its partnership subsidiary and owns, through affiliates, all of its real estate properties and other assets. As of December 31, 2016, its portfolio consisted of 79 shopping centers, three malls and a warehouse park adjacent to one of its centers totaling 14.8 million square feet. As of December 31, 2016, it leased 19 properties under ground and/or building leases. As of December 31, 2016, it had approximately 1,200 leases. Its shopping centers and malls are located at California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Puerto Rico. Its shopping centers and malls include Signal Hill, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, Newington and others.

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