Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE:ARE) and Manhattan Bridge Capital (NASDAQ:LOAN) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manhattan Bridge Capital has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Alexandria Real Estate Equities and Manhattan Bridge Capital’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alexandria Real Estate Equities $1.33 billion 11.80 $379.31 million $6.60 21.01
Manhattan Bridge Capital $7.22 million 8.35 $4.20 million N/A N/A

Alexandria Real Estate Equities has higher revenue and earnings than Manhattan Bridge Capital.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.1% of Alexandria Real Estate Equities shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.3% of Manhattan Bridge Capital shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Alexandria Real Estate Equities shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 32.4% of Manhattan Bridge Capital shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Alexandria Real Estate Equities and Manhattan Bridge Capital, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alexandria Real Estate Equities 0 3 4 1 2.75
Manhattan Bridge Capital 0 0 1 0 3.00

Alexandria Real Estate Equities currently has a consensus price target of $105.57, indicating a potential downside of 23.86%. Manhattan Bridge Capital has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 28.21%. Given Manhattan Bridge Capital’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Manhattan Bridge Capital is more favorable than Alexandria Real Estate Equities.

Profitability

This table compares Alexandria Real Estate Equities and Manhattan Bridge Capital’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alexandria Real Estate Equities 28.57% 5.28% 2.76%
Manhattan Bridge Capital 59.11% 14.25% 7.70%

Dividends

Alexandria Real Estate Equities pays an annual dividend of $3.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Manhattan Bridge Capital pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.7%. Alexandria Real Estate Equities pays out 58.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years and Manhattan Bridge Capital has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

Alexandria Real Estate Equities beats Manhattan Bridge Capital on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities Company Profile

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:ARE), an S&P 500 company, is an urban office real estate investment trust ("REIT") uniquely focused on collaborative life science and technology campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations, with a total market capitalization of $18.4 billion and an asset base in North America of 33.1 million square feet ("SF") as of December 31, 2018. The asset base in North America includes 22.4 million RSF of operating properties and 3.9 million RSF of development and redevelopment of new Class A properties currently undergoing construction and pre-construction activities with target delivery dates ranging from 2019 through 2020. Additionally, the asset base in North America includes 6.8 million SF of intermediate-term and future development projects. Founded in 1994, Alexandria pioneered this niche and has since established a significant market presence in key locations, including Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland, and Research Triangle Park. Alexandria has a longstanding and proven track record of developing Class A properties clustered in urban life science and technology campuses that provide our innovative tenants with highly dynamic and collaborative environments that enhance their ability to successfully recruit and retain world-class talent and inspire productivity, efficiency, creativity, and success. Alexandria also provides strategic capital to transformative life science and technology companies through our venture capital arm. We believe our unique business model and diligent underwriting ensure a high-quality and diverse tenant base that results in higher occupancy levels, longer lease terms, higher rental income, higher returns, and greater long-term asset value.

Manhattan Bridge Capital Company Profile

Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc., a real estate finance company, originates, services, and manages a portfolio of first mortgage loans in the United States. It offers short-term, secured, and non-banking loans to real estate investors to fund their acquisition, renovation, rehabilitation, or enhancement of properties in the New York metropolitan area. The company's loans are principally secured by collateral consisting of real estate and accompanied by personal guarantees from the principals of the businesses. It qualifies as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes. The company generally would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Great Neck, New York.

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