Kimco Realty Corporation (NYSE: KIM) and Regency Centers Corporation (NYSE:REG) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Kimco Realty Corporation and Regency Centers Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kimco Realty Corporation 0 7 7 0 2.50
Regency Centers Corporation 0 6 4 1 2.55

Kimco Realty Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $24.43, suggesting a potential upside of 34.51%. Regency Centers Corporation has a consensus target price of $71.45, suggesting a potential upside of 16.08%. Given Kimco Realty Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Kimco Realty Corporation is more favorable than Regency Centers Corporation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Kimco Realty Corporation and Regency Centers Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kimco Realty Corporation $1.17 billion 6.61 $764.78 million $0.86 21.12
Regency Centers Corporation $798.89 million 13.11 $508.87 million $0.60 102.59

Kimco Realty Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Regency Centers Corporation. Kimco Realty Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Regency Centers Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Kimco Realty Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. Regency Centers Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Kimco Realty Corporation pays out 125.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Regency Centers Corporation pays out 353.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Kimco Realty Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Regency Centers Corporation has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Kimco Realty Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.4% of Kimco Realty Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.6% of Regency Centers Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.9% of Kimco Realty Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.7% of Regency Centers Corporation shares are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares Kimco Realty Corporation and Regency Centers Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kimco Realty Corporation 35.51% 7.73% 3.65%
Regency Centers Corporation 13.19% 2.20% 1.26%

Risk & Volatility

Kimco Realty Corporation has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Regency Centers Corporation has a beta of 0.55, suggesting that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Kimco Realty Corporation beats Regency Centers Corporation on 12 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kimco Realty Corporation Company Profile

Kimco Realty Corporation is a self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged in the ownership, management, development and operation of open-air shopping centers, which are anchored generally by discount department stores, grocery stores or drugstores. As of June 30, 2017, the Company had interests in 510 shopping center properties, including 84 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), located in 32 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. As of March 31, 2017, the Company had 380 other property interests, primarily through the Company’s preferred equity investments and other real estate investments, totaling 5.8 million square feet of GLA.

Regency Centers Corporation Company Profile

Regency Centers Corporation is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is the general partner of Regency Centers, L.P. (the Operating Partnership). The Company is engaged in the ownership, management, leasing, acquisition and development of retail shopping centers through the Operating Partnership. The Company’s properties include Palm Valley Marketplace, Shops at Arizona, Amerige Heights Town Center, Clayton Valley Shopping Center, Five Points Shopping Center, French Valley Village Center, Hasley Canyon Village, Pleasant Hill Shopping Center, Snell & Branham Plaza, Applewood Shopping Center, Kent Place, Black Rock, Spring Valley Shopping Center and Pebblebrook Plaza. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned all of the Preferred Units of the Operating Partnership and approximately 99.9% of the Units in the Operating Partnership. As of December 31, 2016, it owned direct or partial interests in 307 shopping centers.

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