Cousins Properties (NYSE: CUZ) and Equity One (NYSE:EQY) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cousins Properties and Equity One’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cousins Properties $404.83 million 9.89 $231.38 million $0.57 16.72
Equity One N/A N/A N/A $0.49 62.96

Cousins Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Equity One. Cousins Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Equity One, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.0% of Equity One shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Cousins Properties shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 35.9% of Equity One shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Cousins Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Equity One pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Cousins Properties pays out 42.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Equity One pays out 179.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cousins Properties has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cousins Properties and Equity One, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cousins Properties 0 1 3 0 2.75
Equity One 0 1 0 0 2.00

Cousins Properties currently has a consensus price target of $10.13, indicating a potential upside of 6.24%. Given Cousins Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Cousins Properties is more favorable than Equity One.

Profitability

This table compares Cousins Properties and Equity One’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cousins Properties 49.99% 9.37% 5.93%
Equity One 18.64% 3.82% 2.05%

Risk & Volatility

Cousins Properties has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Equity One has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cousins Properties beats Equity One on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cousins Properties Company Profile

Cousins Properties Incorporated is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company’s segments include Office, Mixed-Use, Other, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa, Phoenix and Other. It develops, acquires, leases, manages and owns primarily Class A office properties and opportunistic mixed-use developments in Sunbelt markets with a focus on Georgia, Texas and North Carolina. It manages a 15.8 million-square-foot trophy office portfolio in the Sun Belt markets of Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa and Tempe. As of December 31, 2016, its portfolio of real estate assets consisted of interests in 16.2 million square feet of office space and 786,000 square feet of mixed-use space. The Company, through Cousins TRS Services LLC, owns and manages its own real estate portfolio and performs certain real estate related services for other parties. Its properties include Colorado Tower, 816 Congress, Promenade and Gateway Village.

Equity One Company Profile

Equity One, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, manages, acquires, develops and redevelops shopping centers and retail properties located in supply constrained suburban and urban communities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 122 properties, including 101 retail properties and five non-retail properties totaling approximately 12.8 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), 10 development or redevelopment properties with approximately 2.3 million square feet of GLA, and six land parcels. Its retail occupancy excluding developments and redevelopments was 95.8% and included national, regional and local tenants as of December 31, 2016. In addition, the Company had joint venture interests in six retail properties and two office buildings totaling approximately 1.4 million square feet of GLA as of December 31, 2016.

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