First Industrial Realty Trust (NYSE:FR) and Global Net Lease (NYSE:GNL) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

First Industrial Realty Trust has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Net Lease has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for First Industrial Realty Trust and Global Net Lease, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Industrial Realty Trust 0 3 3 0 2.50
Global Net Lease 0 2 1 0 2.33

First Industrial Realty Trust currently has a consensus price target of $30.13, indicating a potential downside of 22.38%. Global Net Lease has a consensus price target of $24.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.46%. Given Global Net Lease’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Global Net Lease is more favorable than First Industrial Realty Trust.

Profitability

This table compares First Industrial Realty Trust and Global Net Lease’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Industrial Realty Trust 35.11% 8.70% 4.58%
Global Net Lease 7.45% 1.48% 0.66%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares First Industrial Realty Trust and Global Net Lease’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
First Industrial Realty Trust $403.95 million 12.15 $163.23 million $1.60 24.26
Global Net Lease $282.21 million 5.78 $10.90 million $2.14 9.08

First Industrial Realty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Global Net Lease. Global Net Lease is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than First Industrial Realty Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.9% of First Industrial Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.9% of Global Net Lease shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of First Industrial Realty Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Global Net Lease shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

First Industrial Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Global Net Lease pays an annual dividend of $2.13 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.0%. First Industrial Realty Trust pays out 57.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Global Net Lease pays out 99.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. First Industrial Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

First Industrial Realty Trust beats Global Net Lease on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About First Industrial Realty Trust

First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) is a leading fully integrated owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate with a track record of providing industry-leading customer service to multinational corporations and regional customers. Across major markets in the United States, our local market experts manage, lease, buy, (re)develop, and sell bulk and regional distribution centers, light industrial, and other industrial facility types. In total, we own and have under development approximately 67.1 million square feet of industrial space as of March 31, 2019.

About Global Net Lease

Global Net Lease, Inc. (NYSE: GNL) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust listed on the NYSE focused on acquiring a diversified global portfolio of commercial properties, with an emphasis on sale-leaseback transactions involving single tenant, mission critical income producing net-leased assets across the United States, Western and Northern Europe.

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