Excel Trust (NYSE: EXL) and Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG) are both financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Excel Trust and Seritage Growth Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Excel Trust 9.45% 0.65% 0.88%
Seritage Growth Properties -31.23% -5.52% -2.83%

Dividends

Seritage Growth Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Excel Trust does not pay a dividend. Seritage Growth Properties pays out -42.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Excel Trust has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Excel Trust and Seritage Growth Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Excel Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Seritage Growth Properties 1 1 1 0 2.00

Seritage Growth Properties has a consensus price target of $43.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.23%. Given Seritage Growth Properties’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Seritage Growth Properties is more favorable than Excel Trust.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.9% of Seritage Growth Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.8% of Seritage Growth Properties shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Excel Trust and Seritage Growth Properties’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Excel Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Seritage Growth Properties $248.20 million 5.87 $163.67 million ($2.37) -18.10

Seritage Growth Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Excel Trust.

Summary

Seritage Growth Properties beats Excel Trust on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Excel Trust Company Profile

Excel Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is a vertically integrated, self-administered, self-managed real estate firm with the principal objective of acquiring, financing, developing, leasing, owning and managing community and power centers, grocery anchored neighborhood centers and freestanding retail properties. It operates through three segments: retail properties, multi-family properties and office properties. It owns approximately 38 consolidated retail operating properties with a total of approximately 7.2 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). The multi-family segment consists of apartment units at one retail property, West Broad Village, which is located in Richmond, Virginia. The office segment consists of two properties, Excel Centre, a portion of which is utilized as its headquarters, and the Promenade Corporate Center. These office properties total approximately 338,339 square feet of GLA.

Seritage Growth Properties Company Profile

Seritage Growth Properties (Seritage) is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, ownership, development, redevelopment, management and leasing of diversified retail real estate throughout the United States. Its assets are held by and its operations are primarily conducted through, directly or indirectly, Seritage Growth Properties, L.P. (Operating Partnership). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio included approximately 42.2 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), consisting of 235 owned properties totaling over 36.8 million square feet of GLA across 49 states and Puerto Rico, and interests in 31 joint venture properties totaling over 5.4 million square feet of GLA across 17 states. As of December 31, 2016, it included over 3,000 acres of land or approximately 13 acres per site for its owned properties. Its properties are primarily located in areas, including in California, Florida and Texas.

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