Urstadt Biddle Properties (NYSE: UBA) and Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Urstadt Biddle Properties and Winthrop Realty Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Urstadt Biddle Properties 0 3 0 0 2.00
Winthrop Realty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Urstadt Biddle Properties currently has a consensus target price of $21.50, suggesting a potential downside of 9.36%. Given Urstadt Biddle Properties’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Urstadt Biddle Properties is more favorable than Winthrop Realty Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Urstadt Biddle Properties and Winthrop Realty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Urstadt Biddle Properties 44.45% 13.62% 5.65%
Winthrop Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Urstadt Biddle Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Winthrop Realty Trust does not pay a dividend. Urstadt Biddle Properties pays out 99.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Winthrop Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 17 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Urstadt Biddle Properties has a beta of 0.5, indicating that its share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Winthrop Realty Trust has a beta of 0.67, indicating that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Urstadt Biddle Properties and Winthrop Realty Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Urstadt Biddle Properties $116.79 million 8.00 $33.71 million $1.07 22.17
Winthrop Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A $0.15 62.20

Urstadt Biddle Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Winthrop Realty Trust. Urstadt Biddle Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Winthrop Realty Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

60.1% of Urstadt Biddle Properties shares are held by institutional investors. 20.1% of Urstadt Biddle Properties shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Urstadt Biddle Properties beats Winthrop Realty Trust on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Urstadt Biddle Properties Company Profile

Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. is a real estate investment trust, which is engaged in the acquisition, ownership and management of commercial real estate. The Company owns Ridgeway Shopping Center (Ridgeway) property, which is located in Stamford, Connecticut. Its segments include Ridgeway and All Other Operating Segments. Its primary business is the ownership of real estate investments with primary emphasis on properties in the metropolitan New York tri-state area outside of the City of New York. As of October 31, 2016, the Company’s properties consisted principally of neighborhood and community shopping centers and seven office buildings. As of March 30, 2017, the Company owned or had equity interests in 80 properties, including neighborhood and community shopping centers, office buildings, single tenant retail or restaurant properties and office/retail mixed-use properties located in four states throughout the United States.

Winthrop Realty Trust Company Profile

Winthrop Realty Trust (Winthrop) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company conducts its business through its operating partnership, WRT Realty L.P. (Operating Partnership). The Company’s business is owning real property and real estate related assets. The Company has adopted a plan of liquidation. The Company is not permitted to make any new investments other than protective acquisitions or advances with respect to its existing assets, including providing seller financing to purchasers of its assets if it deems it prudent to facilitate the sale of such asset. It is permitted to satisfy any existing contractual obligations, including any capital call requirements and acquisitions or dispositions pursuant to buy-sell provisions under existing joint venture documentation. The Company holds approximately 10 consolidated operating properties, over 10 equity investments, approximately four loans receivable, one secured financing receivable and one loan security.

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