Stag Industrial (NYSE: STAG) and Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE:GPT) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Stag Industrial and Gramercy Property Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stag Industrial 18.96% 5.72% 2.54%
Gramercy Property Trust 14.10% 2.60% 1.25%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.1% of Stag Industrial shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.2% of Gramercy Property Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Stag Industrial shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Gramercy Property Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Stag Industrial and Gramercy Property Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stag Industrial $250.24 million 10.32 $34.51 million $0.54 50.83
Gramercy Property Trust $517.26 million 8.61 $33.35 million $0.43 64.44

Stag Industrial has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Gramercy Property Trust. Stag Industrial is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Gramercy Property Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Stag Industrial and Gramercy Property Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stag Industrial 0 1 5 0 2.83
Gramercy Property Trust 1 2 3 0 2.33

Stag Industrial presently has a consensus price target of $28.30, indicating a potential upside of 3.10%. Gramercy Property Trust has a consensus price target of $31.25, indicating a potential upside of 12.78%. Given Gramercy Property Trust’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Gramercy Property Trust is more favorable than Stag Industrial.

Dividends

Stag Industrial pays an annual dividend of $1.41 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. Gramercy Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. Stag Industrial pays out 261.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Gramercy Property Trust pays out 348.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Stag Industrial has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years and Gramercy Property Trust has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Stag Industrial has a beta of 1.25, indicating that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gramercy Property Trust has a beta of 0.54, indicating that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Stag Industrial beats Gramercy Property Trust on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Stag Industrial

STAG Industrial, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company is focused on the acquisition, ownership, and operation of single-tenant, industrial properties across the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 314 buildings in 37 states with approximately 60.9 million rentable square feet, consisting of 243 warehouse/distribution buildings, 54 light manufacturing buildings, 16 flex/office buildings, and one building in redevelopment. The Company owns all of its properties and conducts its business primarily through STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P. (Operating Partnership). The Company invests in properties historically used for industrial, light manufacturing and commercial purposes. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were in various locations, such as Montgomery, Alabama; Rogers, Arkansas; Phoenix, Arizona; Sparks, Maryland; Camarillo, California, and Golden and Grand Junction in Colorado.

About Gramercy Property Trust

Gramercy Property Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT), which is an investor and asset manager of commercial real estate. The Company’s operating segments include Investments/Corporate and Asset Management. The Investments/Corporate segment includes all of its activities related to the investment and ownership of commercial properties located throughout the United States and Europe. The Asset Management segment includes substantially all of its activities related to asset and property management of commercial properties located throughout the United States and Europe. It is engaged in acquiring and managing single-tenant, net leased industrial, office and specialty properties. It focuses on income producing properties leased to tenants in markets in the United States and Europe. It earns revenues through rental revenues on properties that it owns in the United States and asset management revenues on properties owned by third parties in the United States and Europe.

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