DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) is one of 34 public companies in the “Retail REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare DDR Corp. to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.2% of DDR Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.2% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 16.1% of DDR Corp. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.3% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for DDR Corp. and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DDR Corp. 1 7 4 0 2.25
DDR Corp. Competitors 128 978 1108 22 2.46

DDR Corp. presently has a consensus price target of $13.50, suggesting a potential upside of 47.54%. As a group, “Retail REITs” companies have a potential upside of 13.42%. Given DDR Corp.’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe DDR Corp. is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares DDR Corp. and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
DDR Corp. $963.85 million $622.40 million -45.75
DDR Corp. Competitors $727.99 million $483.06 million 28.89

DDR Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. DDR Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares DDR Corp. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DDR Corp. -5.48% 1.24% 0.42%
DDR Corp. Competitors 21.35% 5.12% 2.89%

Dividends

DDR Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.3%. DDR Corp. pays out -380.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Retail REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.2% and pay out 143.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. DDR Corp. has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. DDR Corp. is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility & Risk

DDR Corp. has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DDR Corp.’s competitors have a beta of 0.67, suggesting that their average share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

DDR Corp. competitors beat DDR Corp. on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About DDR Corp.

DDR Corp. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. It operates through two segments: shopping centers and loan investments. It is in the business of acquiring, owning, developing, redeveloping, expanding, leasing and managing shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and managed approximately 106 million total square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). As of December 31, 2016, the portfolio properties included 319 shopping centers (including 152 centers owned through joint ventures). As of December 31, 2016, the portfolio properties also included over 650 acres of undeveloped land, including parcels located adjacent to certain of the shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the portfolio properties aggregated to 75.8 million square feet of Company-owned GLA located in 35 states, plus Puerto Rico. These centers are in the Southeast and Midwest, with significant concentrations in Florida, Georgia, Ohio and North Carolina, as well as Puerto Rico.

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