KKR Real Estate Finance Trust (NYSE: KREF) is one of 32 public companies in the “Mortgage REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare KKR Real Estate Finance Trust to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.7% of KKR Real Estate Finance Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.9% of shares of all “Mortgage REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of shares of all “Mortgage REITs” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares KKR Real Estate Finance Trust and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust $41.19 million $31.15 million N/A
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Competitors $371.19 million $190.39 million 1.23

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than KKR Real Estate Finance Trust.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for KKR Real Estate Finance Trust and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust 0 3 0 0 2.00
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Competitors 124 878 901 35 2.44

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust presently has a consensus price target of $22.50, indicating a potential upside of 14.10%. As a group, “Mortgage REITs” companies have a potential upside of 8.77%. Given KKR Real Estate Finance Trust’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe KKR Real Estate Finance Trust is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares KKR Real Estate Finance Trust and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust 62.19% 6.54% 1.04%
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Competitors 55.04% 9.81% 1.95%

Dividends

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.5%. As a group, “Mortgage REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 10.3% and pay out 92.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust competitors beat KKR Real Estate Finance Trust on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Company Profile

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc is a real estate finance company that focuses primarily on originating and acquiring senior mortgage loans secured by commercial real estate assets (CRE). KKR manages investments across multiple asset classes, including private equity, real estate, energy, infrastructure, credit and hedge funds. The Company’s investment strategy is to originate or acquire senior mortgage loans collateralized by institutional-quality CRE assets. Its target assets also include mezzanine loans, preferred equity and other debt-oriented instruments. The Company’s investment objective is capital preservation and generating attractive risk-adjusted returns for its stockholders over the long term, primarily through dividends.

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