Brixmor Property Group (NYSE: BRX) and Rouse Properties (NYSE:RSE) are both retail reits companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Brixmor Property Group and Rouse Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brixmor Property Group 0 5 6 0 2.55
Rouse Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A

Brixmor Property Group currently has a consensus target price of $23.11, indicating a potential upside of 25.95%. Given Brixmor Property Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Brixmor Property Group is more favorable than Rouse Properties.

Dividends

Brixmor Property Group pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.7%. Rouse Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Brixmor Property Group pays out 98.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Rouse Properties pays out -207.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Rouse Properties has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Brixmor Property Group and Rouse Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brixmor Property Group 25.05% 11.46% 3.42%
Rouse Properties -12.34% -9.28% -1.58%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Brixmor Property Group and Rouse Properties’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brixmor Property Group $1.28 billion 4.39 $275.62 million $1.06 17.31
Rouse Properties N/A N/A N/A ($0.26) -70.27

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.5% of Brixmor Property Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Brixmor Property Group 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

Brixmor Property Group beats Rouse Properties on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brixmor Property Group Company Profile

Brixmor Property Group Inc. is an internally managed real estate investment trust. The Company conducts its operations primarily through Brixmor Operating Partnership LP and subsidiaries (collectively, the Operating Partnership). As of December 31, 2016, it owned interests in 512 shopping centers (the Portfolio) with approximately 86 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), including 511 shopping centers and one shopping center held through an unconsolidated joint venture. With an average shopping center size of 167,982 square feet as of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted predominantly of community and neighborhood shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were located in various states of the United States, such as Texas, Florida, California, New York, Illinois, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan, Connecticut, Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona, Delaware, West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Rouse Properties Company Profile

Rouse Properties, Inc. is a United States-based real estate investment company. The Company owns and manages regional malls in protected markets or submarkets in the United States. The Company operates through the retail segment, which includes the operation, development and management of regional malls. The Company’s portfolio includes approximately 40 malls and retail centers in over 20 states totaling approximately 24.9 million square feet of retail space. The Company’s properties include Animas Valley Mall; Bayshore Mall; Birchwood Mall; Cache Valley Mall; Chesterfield Towne Center; Chula Vista Center; Colony Square Mall; Fig Garden Village; Grand Traverse Mall; Greenville Mall; Lakeland Square; Lansing Mall; Mall St. Vincent; NewPark Mall; North Plains Mall; Pierre Bossier Mall; Sikes Senter; Silver Lake Mall; Southland Center; Southland Mall; Spring Hill Mall; Valley Hills Mall; Vista Ridge Mall; Washington Park Mall; West Valley Mall; Westwood Mall, and White Mountain Mall.

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