AmREIT (NYSE: AMRE) and Regency Centers Corporation (NYSE:REG) are both retail reits companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares AmREIT and Regency Centers Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AmREIT N/A N/A N/A
Regency Centers Corporation 17.59% 2.82% 1.65%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for AmREIT and Regency Centers Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AmREIT 0 0 0 0 N/A
Regency Centers Corporation 0 6 3 1 2.50

Regency Centers Corporation has a consensus price target of $70.50, indicating a potential upside of 6.09%. Given Regency Centers Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Regency Centers Corporation is more favorable than AmREIT.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AmREIT and Regency Centers Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AmREIT N/A N/A N/A $0.24 110.63
Regency Centers Corporation $614.37 million 18.40 $164.92 million $0.90 73.83

Regency Centers Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than AmREIT. Regency Centers Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AmREIT, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.6% of Regency Centers Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 12.7% of Regency Centers Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Regency Centers Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. AmREIT does not pay a dividend. Regency Centers Corporation pays out 235.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Regency Centers Corporation has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

Regency Centers Corporation beats AmREIT on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AmREIT

AmREIT, Inc. (AmREIT) is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns, operates, acquires and selectively develops and redevelops primarily neighborhood and community shopping centers located in high-traffic, densely populated, affluent areas with high barriers to entry. The Company’s shopping centers are anchored by national and local retailers, including supermarket chains, drug stores and other necessity-based retailers. In June 2013, AmREIT Inc announced that it has completed the acquisition of Fountain Oaks Shopping Center, a 160,600 square foot Kroger-anchored shopping center in the north Buckhead submarket of Atlanta, Georgia. Effective September 24, 2013, AmREIT Inc, through its AmREIT Realty Investment Corp subsidiary, acquired Woodlake Square Shopping Center, an owner and operator of shopping centers. In August 2014, AmREIT Inc completed the acquisition of Tuxedo Festival Shopping Center.

About Regency Centers Corporation

Regency Centers Corporation is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is the general partner of Regency Centers, L.P. (the Operating Partnership). The Company is engaged in the ownership, management, leasing, acquisition and development of retail shopping centers through the Operating Partnership. The Company’s properties include Palm Valley Marketplace, Shops at Arizona, Amerige Heights Town Center, Clayton Valley Shopping Center, Five Points Shopping Center, French Valley Village Center, Hasley Canyon Village, Pleasant Hill Shopping Center, Snell & Branham Plaza, Applewood Shopping Center, Kent Place, Black Rock, Spring Valley Shopping Center and Pebblebrook Plaza. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned all of the Preferred Units of the Operating Partnership and approximately 99.9% of the Units in the Operating Partnership. As of December 31, 2016, it owned direct or partial interests in 307 shopping centers.

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