Urban Edge Properties (NYSE: UE) is one of 34 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Urban Edge Properties to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.2% of Urban Edge Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.2% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of Urban Edge Properties shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.3% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Urban Edge Properties and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Urban Edge Properties 1 0 0 0 1.00
Urban Edge Properties Competitors 260 1210 1178 24 2.36

Urban Edge Properties currently has a consensus price target of $25.00, indicating a potential downside of 1.11%. As a group, “Retail REITs” companies have a potential upside of 12.55%. Given Urban Edge Properties’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Urban Edge Properties has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Urban Edge Properties and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Urban Edge Properties $379.02 million $230.14 million 25.03
Urban Edge Properties Competitors $711.68 million $472.02 million 29.56

Urban Edge Properties’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Urban Edge Properties. Urban Edge Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Urban Edge Properties and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Urban Edge Properties 27.04% 16.72% 4.87%
Urban Edge Properties Competitors 21.35% 5.12% 2.89%

Volatility & Risk

Urban Edge Properties has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Urban Edge Properties’ peers have a beta of 0.66, indicating that their average stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Urban Edge Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Urban Edge Properties pays out 87.1% 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, “Retail REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.3% and pay out 144.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Urban Edge Properties peers beat Urban Edge Properties on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Urban Edge Properties

Urban Edge Properties is a real estate investment trust. The Company is focused on managing, developing, redeveloping and acquiring retail real estate in urban communities, in the New York metropolitan region. Urban Edge Properties LP (UELP or the Operating Partnership) serves as its partnership subsidiary and owns, through affiliates, all of its real estate properties and other assets. As of December 31, 2016, its portfolio consisted of 79 shopping centers, three malls and a warehouse park adjacent to one of its centers totaling 14.8 million square feet. As of December 31, 2016, it leased 19 properties under ground and/or building leases. As of December 31, 2016, it had approximately 1,200 leases. Its shopping centers and malls are located at California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Puerto Rico. Its shopping centers and malls include Signal Hill, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, Newington and others.

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