Equity One (NYSE: EQY) and Cousins Properties (NYSE:CUZ) are both financials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Equity One and Cousins Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Equity One 18.64% 3.82% 2.05%
Cousins Properties 49.99% 9.37% 5.93%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Equity One and Cousins Properties’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Equity One N/A N/A N/A $0.49 62.96
Cousins Properties $404.83 million 9.86 $231.38 million $0.57 16.67

Cousins Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Equity One. Cousins Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Equity One, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Equity One has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cousins Properties has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Equity One and Cousins Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Equity One 0 1 0 0 2.00
Cousins Properties 0 1 3 0 2.75

Cousins Properties has a consensus price target of $10.13, suggesting a potential upside of 6.58%. Given Cousins Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cousins Properties is more favorable than Equity One.

Dividends

Equity One pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Cousins Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Equity One pays out 179.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cousins Properties pays out 42.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Equity One has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Equity One is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.0% of Equity One shares are held by institutional investors. 35.9% of Equity One shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Cousins Properties shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Cousins Properties beats Equity One on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Equity One

Equity One, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, manages, acquires, develops and redevelops shopping centers and retail properties located in supply constrained suburban and urban communities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 122 properties, including 101 retail properties and five non-retail properties totaling approximately 12.8 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), 10 development or redevelopment properties with approximately 2.3 million square feet of GLA, and six land parcels. Its retail occupancy excluding developments and redevelopments was 95.8% and included national, regional and local tenants as of December 31, 2016. In addition, the Company had joint venture interests in six retail properties and two office buildings totaling approximately 1.4 million square feet of GLA as of December 31, 2016.

About Cousins Properties

Cousins Properties Incorporated is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company’s segments include Office, Mixed-Use, Other, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa, Phoenix and Other. It develops, acquires, leases, manages and owns primarily Class A office properties and opportunistic mixed-use developments in Sunbelt markets with a focus on Georgia, Texas and North Carolina. It manages a 15.8 million-square-foot trophy office portfolio in the Sun Belt markets of Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa and Tempe. As of December 31, 2016, its portfolio of real estate assets consisted of interests in 16.2 million square feet of office space and 786,000 square feet of mixed-use space. The Company, through Cousins TRS Services LLC, owns and manages its own real estate portfolio and performs certain real estate related services for other parties. Its properties include Colorado Tower, 816 Congress, Promenade and Gateway Village.

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