Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE: RPT) and Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust and Weingarten Realty Investors’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust $263.77 million 3.95 $165.05 million $0.41 32.00
Weingarten Realty Investors $571.15 million 7.19 $367.56 million $1.47 21.77

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

Profitability

This table compares Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust and Weingarten Realty Investors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust 15.05% 4.99% 1.86%
Weingarten Realty Investors 33.57% 11.03% 4.36%

Volatility and Risk

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Weingarten Realty Investors has a beta of 0.72, meaning that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust and Weingarten Realty Investors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust 1 2 4 0 2.43
Weingarten Realty Investors 1 2 1 0 2.00

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust presently has a consensus price target of $16.00, suggesting a potential upside of 21.95%. Weingarten Realty Investors has a consensus price target of $35.75, suggesting a potential upside of 11.72%. Given Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust is more favorable than Weingarten Realty Investors.

Dividends

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Weingarten Realty Investors pays an annual dividend of $1.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust pays out 214.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Weingarten Realty Investors pays out 104.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Weingarten Realty Investors has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.2% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares 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

Weingarten Realty Investors beats Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust Company Profile

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust is an equity real estate investment trust. The Company’s primary business is the ownership, management, redevelopment, development and operation of retail shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and managed multi-anchored shopping centers in 12 metropolitan markets in the United States. It conducts its business through its operating partnership, Ramco-Gershenson Properties, L.P. It invests in large, multi-anchored shopping centers that include national chain store tenants and supermarket tenants. National chain anchor tenants in its centers include, among others, Bed Bath and Beyond, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Home Depot. Supermarket anchor tenants in its centers include, among others, Publix Super Market, Whole Foods, Kroger and Sprouts. Its shopping centers are located in metropolitan markets, such as Metro Detroit, Southeast Florida, Greater Denver, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Tampa/Lakeland, Milwaukee, Chicago and Atlanta.

Weingarten Realty Investors Company Profile

Weingarten Realty Investors is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s primary business is leasing space to tenants in the shopping centers it owns or leases. The Company also provides property management services. The Company is in the business of owning, managing and developing retail shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 220 centers, primarily neighborhood and community shopping centers, which were located in 18 states spanning the country from coast to coast with approximately 44.7 million square feet of gross leasable area. Its centers are located principally in the South, West Coast and Southeast Coast of the United States with concentrations in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. It also owned interests in 28 parcels of land that totaled approximately 19.8 million square feet, as of December 31, 2016.

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