Excel Trust (NYSE: EXL) is one of 77 public companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Excel Trust to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Excel Trust and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Excel Trust 9.45% 0.65% 0.88%
Excel Trust Competitors 53.90% 6.83% 3.94%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Excel Trust and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Excel Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Excel Trust Competitors 657 2599 2235 23 2.29

As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.65%. Given Excel Trust’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Excel Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Excel Trust and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Excel Trust N/A N/A 60.92
Excel Trust Competitors $536.81 million $100.12 million 469.32

Excel Trust’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Excel Trust. Excel Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.6% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Excel Trust has a beta of 0.49, suggesting that its share price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Excel Trust’s rivals have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Excel Trust rivals beat Excel Trust on 8 of the 8 factors compared.

Excel Trust Company Profile

Excel Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is a vertically integrated, self-administered, self-managed real estate firm with the principal objective of acquiring, financing, developing, leasing, owning and managing community and power centers, grocery anchored neighborhood centers and freestanding retail properties. It operates through three segments: retail properties, multi-family properties and office properties. It owns approximately 38 consolidated retail operating properties with a total of approximately 7.2 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). The multi-family segment consists of apartment units at one retail property, West Broad Village, which is located in Richmond, Virginia. The office segment consists of two properties, Excel Centre, a portion of which is utilized as its headquarters, and the Promenade Corporate Center. These office properties total approximately 338,339 square feet of GLA.

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