Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE:BDN) and Clipper Realty (NYSE:CLPR) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.8% of Brandywine Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.4% of Clipper Realty shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Brandywine Realty Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 32.5% of Clipper Realty shares are held by 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Brandywine Realty Trust and Clipper Realty, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brandywine Realty Trust 1 2 2 0 2.20
Clipper Realty 0 0 1 0 3.00

Brandywine Realty Trust presently has a consensus price target of $16.30, indicating a potential upside of 11.87%. Clipper Realty has a consensus price target of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 76.99%. Given Clipper Realty’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Clipper Realty is more favorable than Brandywine Realty Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Brandywine Realty Trust and Clipper Realty’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brandywine Realty Trust 15.89% 5.02% 2.21%
Clipper Realty -0.58% -0.41% -0.06%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Brandywine Realty Trust and Clipper Realty’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brandywine Realty Trust $544.34 million 4.72 $136.32 million $1.37 10.64
Clipper Realty $110.00 million 1.46 -$3.63 million $0.45 20.09

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

Dividends

Brandywine Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. Clipper Realty pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Brandywine Realty Trust pays out 55.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Clipper Realty pays out 84.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Brandywine Realty Trust has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Brandywine Realty Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility and Risk

Brandywine Realty Trust has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clipper Realty has a beta of 0.06, meaning that its share price is 94% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Brandywine Realty Trust beats Clipper Realty on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brandywine Realty Trust Company Profile

Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) is one of the largest, publicly traded, full-service, integrated real estate companies in the United States with a core focus in the Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Austin markets. Organized as a real estate investment trust (REIT), we own, develop, lease and manage an urban, town center and transit-oriented portfolio comprising 181 properties and 24.8 million square feet as of December 31, 2018, which excludes assets held for sale. Our purpose is to shape, connect and inspire the world around us through our expertise, the relationships we foster, the communities in which we live and work, and the history we build together.

Clipper Realty Company Profile

Clipper Realty Inc. (NYSE: CLPR) is a self-administered and self-managed real estate company that acquires, owns, manages, operates and repositions multifamily residential and commercial properties in the New York metropolitan area, with a portfolio in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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