Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE: FUR) and Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitabiliy and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.4% of Seritage Growth Properties shares are held by institutional investors. 9.8% of Seritage Growth Properties shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Winthrop Realty Trust and Seritage Growth Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Winthrop Realty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Seritage Growth Properties 1 1 1 0 2.00

Seritage Growth Properties has a consensus price target of $43.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2.82%. Given Seritage Growth Properties’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Seritage Growth Properties is more favorable than Winthrop Realty Trust.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Winthrop Realty Trust and Seritage Growth Properties’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Winthrop Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Seritage Growth Properties $254.63 million 5.58 $171.87 million ($1.97) -21.23

Seritage Growth Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Winthrop Realty Trust.

Volatility & Risk

Winthrop Realty Trust has a beta of 0.66, indicating that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seritage Growth Properties has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Seritage Growth Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Winthrop Realty Trust does not pay a dividend. Seritage Growth Properties pays out -50.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Winthrop Realty Trust and Seritage Growth Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Winthrop Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A
Seritage Growth Properties -25.12% -4.36% -2.31%

Summary

Seritage Growth Properties beats Winthrop Realty Trust on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Seritage Growth Properties Company Profile

Seritage Growth Properties (Seritage) is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, ownership, development, redevelopment, management and leasing of diversified retail real estate throughout the United States. Its assets are held by and its operations are primarily conducted through, directly or indirectly, Seritage Growth Properties, L.P. (Operating Partnership). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio included approximately 42.2 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), consisting of 235 owned properties totaling over 36.8 million square feet of GLA across 49 states and Puerto Rico, and interests in 31 joint venture properties totaling over 5.4 million square feet of GLA across 17 states. As of December 31, 2016, it included over 3,000 acres of land or approximately 13 acres per site for its owned properties. Its properties are primarily located in areas, including in California, Florida and Texas.

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