SL Green Realty Corporation (NYSE: SLG) and Highwoods Properties (NYSE:HIW) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, dividends and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.8% of Highwoods Properties shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of SL Green Realty Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Highwoods Properties shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for SL Green Realty Corporation and Highwoods Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SL Green Realty Corporation 0 7 6 0 2.46
Highwoods Properties 0 2 2 0 2.50

SL Green Realty Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $117.18, suggesting a potential upside of 15.05%. Highwoods Properties has a consensus price target of $54.67, suggesting a potential upside of 8.36%. Given SL Green Realty Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe SL Green Realty Corporation is more favorable than Highwoods Properties.

Dividends

SL Green Realty Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Highwoods Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. SL Green Realty Corporation pays out 319.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Highwoods Properties pays out 141.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. SL Green Realty Corporation has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Highwoods Properties is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk and Volatility

SL Green Realty Corporation has a beta of 1.18, suggesting that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Highwoods Properties has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SL Green Realty Corporation and Highwoods Properties’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SL Green Realty Corporation $1.53 billion 6.55 $833.52 million $0.97 105.00
Highwoods Properties $683.61 million 7.62 $366.80 million $1.24 40.69

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

Profitability

This table compares SL Green Realty Corporation and Highwoods Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SL Green Realty Corporation 7.20% 1.43% 0.72%
Highwoods Properties 18.79% 5.96% 2.82%

Summary

Highwoods Properties beats SL Green Realty Corporation on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

SL Green Realty Corporation Company Profile

SL Green Realty Corp. is a self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT), with in-house capabilities in property management, acquisitions and dispositions, financing, development and redevelopment, construction and leasing. The Company operates through two segments: real estate, and debt and preferred equity investments. It acquires, owns, repositions, manages and leases commercial office, retail and multifamily properties in the New York Metropolitan area. Its debt and preferred equity activities include purchases and originations, inclusive of advances under future funding obligations, discount and fee amortization, and paid-in-kind interest. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or held interests in 24 consolidated commercial office buildings encompassing approximately 16.1 million rentable square feet and seven unconsolidated commercial office buildings encompassing approximately 6.6 million rentable square feet located primarily in midtown Manhattan.

Highwoods Properties Company Profile

Highwoods Properties, Inc. is an office real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s primary business is the operation, acquisition and development of office properties. The Company’s segments include Office and Other. The Company owns, develops, acquires, leases and manages properties primarily in the best business districts (BBDs) of Atlanta, Greensboro, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond and Tampa. The Company conducts its activities through Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership (the Operating Partnership). The Company offers a range of real estate services to its customers. The Company offers services, including asset management, construction management, design and space planning, and renovation and re-positioning. The Company provides its customers with services, such as build-to-suit construction and space modification, including tenant improvements and expansions.

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