New York REIT (NYSE: NYRT) and Excel Trust (NYSE:EXL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares New York REIT and Excel Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
New York REIT $174.99 million 7.87 $52.35 million ($0.50) -16.52
Excel Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

New York REIT has higher revenue and earnings than Excel Trust.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for New York REIT and Excel Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
New York REIT 0 0 1 0 3.00
Excel Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

New York REIT presently has a consensus target price of $9.75, suggesting a potential upside of 18.04%. Given New York REIT’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe New York REIT is more favorable than Excel Trust.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.1% of New York REIT shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of New York REIT shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares New York REIT and Excel Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
New York REIT -51.49% -5.71% -2.70%
Excel Trust 9.45% 0.65% 0.88%

Summary

New York REIT beats Excel Trust on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

New York REIT Company Profile

New York REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company owns a portfolio of commercial real estate. The Company’s business is primarily conducted through New York Recovery Operating Partnership, L.P. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 19 properties, which aggregated 3.3 million rentable square feet. The Company holds interests in properties of various types, such as office, retail, hotel, parking and storage. The Company’s properties include Design Center, 416 Washington Street, 50 Varick Street, 1440 Broadway, One Worldwide Plaza, 256 West 38th Street, 229 West 36th Street, 333 West 34th Street, 367-387 Bleecker Street, 33 West 56th Street (garage) and 350 West 42nd Street.

Excel Trust Company Profile

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.

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