Gladstone Land Corporation (NASDAQ: LAND) is one of 16 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialized REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Gladstone Land Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

21.1% of Gladstone Land Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.6% of shares of all “Specialized REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 21.9% of Gladstone Land Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Specialized REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Gladstone Land Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gladstone Land Corporation 2.58% 0.57% 0.15%
Gladstone Land Corporation Competitors 36.41% 8.84% 3.25%

Dividends

Gladstone Land Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.53 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Gladstone Land Corporation pays out 1,060.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Specialized REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.3% and pay out 170.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Gladstone Land Corporation lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Gladstone Land Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gladstone Land Corporation 0 0 2 0 3.00
Gladstone Land Corporation Competitors 85 328 606 24 2.55

Gladstone Land Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $14.13, indicating a potential upside of 3.94%. As a group, “Specialized REITs” companies have a potential upside of 13.28%. Given Gladstone Land Corporation’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Gladstone Land Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Gladstone Land Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Gladstone Land Corporation $21.14 million $15.48 million 271.85
Gladstone Land Corporation Competitors $1.00 billion $531.02 million 29.48

Gladstone Land Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Gladstone Land Corporation. Gladstone Land Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Gladstone Land Corporation has a beta of 1, meaning that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, Gladstone Land Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 0.85, meaning that their average share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Gladstone Land Corporation competitors beat Gladstone Land Corporation on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Gladstone Land Corporation

Gladstone Land Corporation is an agricultural real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of owning and leasing farmland. The Company also owns various farm-related facilities, such as cooling facilities, buildings utilized for the storage and assembly of boxes for shipping produce (box barns), packinghouses, processing facilities and various storage facilities. The Company is engaged in leasing its farms and farm-related facilities to independent or corporate farming operations. As of September 12, 2017, the Company owned 72 farms, including 58,777 total acres across seven states in the United States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska and Oregon). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s farms and facilities were leased to 40 different, unrelated tenants that are either independent or corporate farming operations. The Company focuses to own primarily single-tenant, agricultural real property.

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