Alexander’s (NYSE:ALX) and CYRELA BRAZIL R/S (OTCMKTS:CYRBY) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

33.9% of Alexander’s shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.0% of Alexander’s shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Alexander’s and CYRELA BRAZIL R/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alexander’s 14.11% 20.59% 4.04%
CYRELA BRAZIL R/S -5.22% -3.06% -1.74%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Alexander’s and CYRELA BRAZIL R/S, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alexander’s 0 0 0 0 N/A
CYRELA BRAZIL R/S 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Alexander’s and CYRELA BRAZIL R/S’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alexander’s $232.82 million 8.22 $32.84 million N/A N/A
CYRELA BRAZIL R/S $820.77 million 1.91 -$29.75 million N/A N/A

Alexander’s has higher earnings, but lower revenue than CYRELA BRAZIL R/S.

Dividends

Alexander’s pays an annual dividend of $18.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. CYRELA BRAZIL R/S pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Alexander’s has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years. Alexander’s is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Risk and Volatility

Alexander’s has a beta of 0.52, indicating that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CYRELA BRAZIL R/S has a beta of 0.35, indicating that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Alexander’s beats CYRELA BRAZIL R/S on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alexander’s Company Profile

Alexander's, Inc. is a real estate investment trust which has seven properties in the greater New York City metropolitan area.

CYRELA BRAZIL R/S Company Profile

Cyrela Brazil Realty S.A. Empreendimentos e Participações develops, constructs, and sells residential real estate properties in Brazil. It offers apartments and condos. The company was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil. As of February 28, 2002, Cyrela Brazil Realty S.A. Empreendimentos e Participações operates as a subsidiary of Creed Holdings Ltd.

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