CBL & Associates Properties (NYSE: CBL) is one of 85 public companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare CBL & Associates Properties to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for CBL & Associates Properties and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CBL & Associates Properties 1 5 2 0 2.13
CBL & Associates Properties Competitors 747 2722 2246 31 2.27

CBL & Associates Properties presently has a consensus price target of $10.46, suggesting a potential upside of 21.61%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.23%. Given CBL & Associates Properties’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe CBL & Associates Properties is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares CBL & Associates Properties and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CBL & Associates Properties 14.88% 9.43% 2.05%
CBL & Associates Properties Competitors 45.76% 5.92% 3.27%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CBL & Associates Properties and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
CBL & Associates Properties $977.46 million $637.66 million 14.58
CBL & Associates Properties Competitors $460.20 million $291.73 million 31.98

CBL & Associates Properties has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. CBL & Associates Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

CBL & Associates Properties has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CBL & Associates Properties’ peers have a beta of 0.81, meaning that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

CBL & Associates Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.3%. CBL & Associates Properties pays out 179.7% 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, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.0% and pay out 204.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. CBL & Associates Properties is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.5% of CBL & Associates Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.3% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.7% of CBL & Associates Properties shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

CBL & Associates Properties beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

CBL & Associates Properties Company Profile

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a self-managed, self-administered, integrated real estate investment trust. The Company owns, develops, acquires, leases, manages and operates regional shopping malls, open-air and mixed-use centers, outlet centers, associated centers, community centers and office properties. Its segments are Malls, Associated Centers, Community Centers and All Other. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned a controlling interest in 65 Malls and non-controlling interests in nine Malls. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned a controlling interest in 20 Associated Centers and a non-controlling interest in three Associated Centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned a controlling interest in four Community Centers and a non-controlling interest in five Community Centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were located in 27 states, primarily in the southeastern and mid-western United States.

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