Excel Trust (NYSE: EXL) and Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE:ARE) are both financials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitabiliy and dividends.

Dividends

Alexandria Real Estate Equities pays an annual dividend of $3.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Excel Trust does not pay a dividend. Alexandria Real Estate Equities pays out -206.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Excel Trust has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Alexandria Real Estate Equities has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Excel Trust and Alexandria Real Estate Equities, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Excel Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Alexandria Real Estate Equities 0 0 6 0 3.00

Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a consensus target price of $122.17, indicating a potential upside of 1.37%. Given Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Alexandria Real Estate Equities is more favorable than Excel Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Excel Trust and Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Excel Trust 9.45% 0.65% 0.88%
Alexandria Real Estate Equities -5.03% 0.22% 0.10%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Excel Trust and Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Excel Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Alexandria Real Estate Equities $977.07 million 11.23 $609.38 million ($1.67) -72.17

Alexandria Real Estate Equities has higher revenue and earnings than Excel Trust.

Summary

Alexandria Real Estate Equities beats Excel Trust on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Excel Trust

Excel Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is a vertically integrated, self-administered, self-managed real estate firm with the principal objective of acquiring, financing, developing, leasing, owning and managing community and power centers, grocery anchored neighborhood centers and freestanding retail properties. It operates through three segments: retail properties, multi-family properties and office properties. It owns approximately 38 consolidated retail operating properties with a total of approximately 7.2 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). The multi-family segment consists of apartment units at one retail property, West Broad Village, which is located in Richmond, Virginia. The office segment consists of two properties, Excel Centre, a portion of which is utilized as its headquarters, and the Promenade Corporate Center. These office properties total approximately 338,339 square feet of GLA.

About Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. is a real estate investment (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of providing space for lease to the life science and technology industries. It focuses on collaborative life science and technology campuses. It develops urban cluster campuses and ecosystems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 199 properties in North America. As of December 31, 2016, its asset base in North America consisted of 25.2 million square feet, including 19.9 million rentable square feet/foot (RSF) of operating properties, and development and redevelopment of under construction or pre-construction, as well as 5.3 million square feet of future ground-up development projects. Its properties are located in various areas, including Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland and Research Triangle Park. Its properties include Alexandria Technology Square, Alexandria Park at 128 and Alexandria Technology Center-Gateway.

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