Douglas Emmett (NYSE: DEI) and Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.5% of Douglas Emmett shares are held by institutional investors. 17.8% of Douglas Emmett shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Douglas Emmett and Winthrop Realty Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Douglas Emmett $742.55 million 9.26 $85.39 million $0.52 77.96
Winthrop Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A $0.15 62.20

Douglas Emmett has higher revenue and earnings than Winthrop Realty Trust. Winthrop Realty Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Douglas Emmett, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Douglas Emmett and Winthrop Realty Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Douglas Emmett 2 7 2 0 2.00
Winthrop Realty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Douglas Emmett currently has a consensus price target of $41.14, suggesting a potential upside of 1.49%. Given Douglas Emmett’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Douglas Emmett is more favorable than Winthrop Realty Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Douglas Emmett and Winthrop Realty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Douglas Emmett 11.29% 2.58% 1.08%
Winthrop Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A

Volatility & Risk

Douglas Emmett has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Winthrop Realty Trust has a beta of 0.67, indicating that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Douglas Emmett pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Winthrop Realty Trust does not pay a dividend. Douglas Emmett pays out 176.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Winthrop Realty Trust has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Douglas Emmett beats Winthrop Realty Trust on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Douglas Emmett Company Profile

Douglas Emmett, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is owner and operator of office and multifamily properties located in submarkets in Los Angeles and Honolulu. The Company operates through two segments: the acquisition, development, ownership and management of office real estate (Office Segment), and the acquisition, development, ownership and management of multifamily real estate (Multifamily Segment). The services for its Office segment include primarily rental of office space and other tenant services, including parking and storage space rental. The services for its Multifamily segment include primarily rental of apartments and other tenant services, including parking and storage space rental. It focuses on owning, acquiring developing and managing a substantial share of office properties and multifamily communities in neighborhoods.

Winthrop Realty Trust Company Profile

Winthrop Realty Trust (Winthrop) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company conducts its business through its operating partnership, WRT Realty L.P. (Operating Partnership). The Company’s business is owning real property and real estate related assets. The Company has adopted a plan of liquidation. The Company is not permitted to make any new investments other than protective acquisitions or advances with respect to its existing assets, including providing seller financing to purchasers of its assets if it deems it prudent to facilitate the sale of such asset. It is permitted to satisfy any existing contractual obligations, including any capital call requirements and acquisitions or dispositions pursuant to buy-sell provisions under existing joint venture documentation. The Company holds approximately 10 consolidated operating properties, over 10 equity investments, approximately four loans receivable, one secured financing receivable and one loan security.

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