Critical Review: Excel Trust (EXL) & Whitestone REIT (WSR)
Excel Trust (NYSE: EXL) and Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.
Whitestone REIT pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.1%. Excel Trust does not pay a dividend. Whitestone REIT pays out 877.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Whitestone REIT has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
43.8% of Whitestone REIT shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.3% of Whitestone REIT shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Excel Trust and Whitestone REIT, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Whitestone REIT has a consensus price target of $14.67, indicating a potential upside of 16.96%. Given Whitestone REIT’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Whitestone REIT is more favorable than Excel Trust.
This table compares Excel Trust and Whitestone REIT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Excel Trust and Whitestone REIT’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Whitestone REIT||$112.35 million||4.30||$49.43 million||$0.13||96.47|
Whitestone REIT has higher revenue and earnings than Excel Trust.
Whitestone REIT beats Excel Trust on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Excel Trust
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.
About Whitestone REIT
Whitestone REIT is a real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged in owning and operating commercial properties in culturally diverse markets in various metropolitan areas. The Company’s acquisition targets are located in densely populated, culturally diverse neighborhoods, primarily in and around Austin, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Phoenix and San Antonio. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or held interests in 69 commercial properties, including 15 properties in Houston, five properties in Dallas-Fort Worth, three properties in San Antonio, four properties in Austin, 27 properties in the Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan areas, and one property in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties included Heritage Trace Plaza, Headquarters Village, La Mirada, The Marketplace at Central, Mercado at Scottsdale Ranch, Paradise Plaza, Parkside Village North, Pima Norte and Quinlan Crossing.
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