Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE: AKR) and Getty Realty Corporation (NYSE:GTY) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Acadia Realty Trust has a beta of 0.58, suggesting that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Getty Realty Corporation has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.3% of Getty Realty Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Acadia Realty Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.3% of Getty Realty Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Acadia Realty Trust and Getty Realty Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Acadia Realty Trust 23.63% 2.50% 1.37%
Getty Realty Corporation 36.50% 10.28% 5.06%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Acadia Realty Trust $249.79 million 10.12 $137.11 million $0.64 47.20
Getty Realty Corporation $114.91 million 7.85 $78.63 million $1.21 21.50

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

Dividends

Acadia Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Getty Realty Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Acadia Realty Trust pays out 162.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Getty Realty Corporation pays out 92.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Acadia Realty Trust has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Getty Realty Corporation has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Getty Realty Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Acadia Realty Trust and Getty Realty Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Acadia Realty Trust 0 2 3 0 2.60
Getty Realty Corporation 1 0 1 0 2.00

Acadia Realty Trust presently has a consensus target price of $33.50, suggesting a potential upside of 10.89%. Getty Realty Corporation has a consensus target price of $26.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.04%. Given Acadia Realty Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Acadia Realty Trust is more favorable than Getty Realty Corporation.

Acadia Realty Trust Company Profile

Acadia Realty Trust is a real estate investment trust. The Company is focused on the ownership, acquisition, development and management of retail properties located in the United States. It operates through three segments: Core Portfolio, Funds and Structured Financing. Core Portfolio and Fund properties primarily consist of street and urban retail, and dense suburban shopping centers. Funds holds primarily retail real estate in which it co-invests with institutional investors. Structured Financing consists of earnings and expenses related to notes and mortgages receivable, which are held within the Core Portfolio or the Funds. As of December 31, 2016, it had ownership interests in 182 properties within its core portfolio. In the Core Portfolio segment, the Company owned an interest in a 311,000 square foot shopping center, a 28,000 square foot retail and an interest in an 87,000 square foot retail property, among others, as of December 31, 2016.

Getty Realty Corporation Company Profile

Getty Realty Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company specializes in the ownership, leasing and financing of convenience store and gasoline station properties. As of June 30, 2017, the Company’s 825 properties were located in 26 states across the United States and Washington, District of Columbia. Its properties are operated under a range of brands, including 76, Aloha, BP, Citgo, Conoco, Exxon, Getty, Mobil, RaceTrac, Shell and Valero. The Company owns the Getty name in connection with its real estate and the petroleum marketing business in the United States. As of June 30, 2017, the Company had owned 738 properties and leased 87 properties from third-party landlords. Its typical property is used as a convenience store and gasoline station. Its properties are concentrated in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

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