Simon Property Group (NYSE:SPG) and Alexander’s (NYSE:ALX) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Simon Property Group and Alexander’s’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Simon Property Group $5.66 billion 9.50 $2.44 billion $12.13 14.34
Alexander’s $232.82 million 7.90 $32.84 million N/A N/A

Simon Property Group has higher revenue and earnings than Alexander’s.

Volatility & Risk

Simon Property Group has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alexander’s has a beta of 0.52, indicating that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Simon Property Group pays an annual dividend of $8.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Alexander’s pays an annual dividend of $18.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Simon Property Group pays out 67.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Simon Property Group has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.5% of Simon Property Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.3% of Alexander’s shares are held by institutional investors. 8.6% of Simon Property Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 26.3% of Alexander’s shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Simon Property Group and Alexander’s’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Simon Property Group 43.11% 63.21% 7.89%
Alexander’s 14.11% 20.59% 4.04%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Simon Property Group and Alexander’s, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Simon Property Group 0 6 8 0 2.57
Alexander’s 0 1 0 0 2.00

Simon Property Group presently has a consensus price target of $194.50, suggesting a potential upside of 11.82%. Alexander’s has a consensus price target of $410.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.88%. Given Alexander’s’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Alexander’s is more favorable than Simon Property Group.

Summary

Simon Property Group beats Alexander’s on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Simon Property Group

Simon is a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our properties across North America, Europe and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of people every day and generate billions in annual sales.

About Alexander’s

Alexander's, Inc. is a real estate investment trust which has seven properties in the greater New York City metropolitan area.

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