Ladder Capital (NYSE: LADR) is one of 32 publicly-traded companies in the “Mortgage REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Ladder Capital to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Ladder Capital and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ladder Capital 27.38% 9.78% 2.40%
Ladder Capital Competitors 55.57% 9.79% 1.94%

Dividends

Ladder Capital pays an annual dividend of $1.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.3%. Ladder Capital pays out 144.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Mortgage REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 10.0% and pay out 91.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Ladder Capital has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Ladder Capital lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Ladder Capital and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ladder Capital 0 0 4 0 3.00
Ladder Capital Competitors 125 878 901 35 2.44

Ladder Capital currently has a consensus target price of $16.25, suggesting a potential upside of 19.93%. As a group, “Mortgage REITs” companies have a potential upside of 8.22%. Given Ladder Capital’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ladder Capital is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ladder Capital and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Ladder Capital $399.68 million $66.72 million 15.57
Ladder Capital Competitors $371.19 million $190.39 million 1.82

Ladder Capital has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Ladder Capital is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Ladder Capital has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ladder Capital’s peers have a beta of 0.65, suggesting that their average share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

46.2% of Ladder Capital shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.6% of shares of all “Mortgage REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.5% of Ladder Capital shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.4% 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.

Summary

Ladder Capital beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Ladder Capital Company Profile

Ladder Capital Corp is a commercial real estate finance company. The Company’s segments include loans, securities, real estate and corporate/other. The loans segment includes mortgage loan receivables held for investment (balance sheet loans) and mortgage loan receivables held for sale (conduit loans). The securities segment consists of all of its activities related to commercial real estate securities, which include investments in commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and United States Agency Securities. The real estate segment includes net leased properties, office buildings, a warehouse and condominium units. The Corporate/other segment includes the Company’s investments in joint ventures, other asset management activities and operating expenses. The Company invests primarily in loans, securities and other interests in the United States commercial real estate, with a focus on senior secured assets.

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