iStar Financial (NYSE: STAR) and (NYSE:SNH) are both diversified reits companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.9% of iStar Financial shares are held by institutional investors. 4.4% of iStar Financial shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares iStar Financial and ‘s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
iStar Financial $477.03 million 1.61 $95.30 million ($0.53) -21.28

iStar Financial has higher revenue and earnings than .


This table compares iStar Financial and ‘s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
iStar Financial 24.13% 19.57% 3.97%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for iStar Financial and , as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
iStar Financial 0 2 0 0 2.00
0 0 1 0 3.00

iStar Financial presently has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 24.11%. Given ‘s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe is more favorable than iStar Financial.


iStar Financial beats on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

iStar Financial Company Profile

iStar Inc. finances, invests in and develops real estate and real estate related projects as part of its integrated investment platform. The Company’s four business segments are Real Estate Finance, Net Lease, Operating Properties, and Land and Development. The Real Estate Finance portfolio consists of senior and mezzanine real estate loans that may be either fixed-rate or variable-rate. The Net Lease portfolio consists of properties owned by the Company and leased to single tenants, where the properties are subject to long-term leases. The Operating Properties portfolio consists of commercial and residential properties, which represent a pool of assets across a range of geographies and property types. The Land and Development portfolio consists of land entitled for master planned communities, as well as waterfront and urban infill land parcels located throughout the United States. Its Land and Development projects include Great Oaks, Sage Scottsdale, Naples Reserve and Coney Island.

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