Cedar Realty Trust (NYSE: CDR) and Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.1% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cedar Realty Trust and Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cedar Realty Trust $147.44 million 2.86 $81.98 million ($0.06) -85.49
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust $263.77 million 4.03 $165.05 million $0.41 32.63

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Cedar Realty Trust and Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cedar Realty Trust 1 1 4 0 2.50
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust 1 2 4 0 2.43

Cedar Realty Trust presently has a consensus price target of $6.25, suggesting a potential upside of 21.83%. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust has a consensus price target of $16.00, suggesting a potential upside of 19.58%. Given Cedar Realty Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Cedar Realty Trust is more favorable than Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust.

Volatility & Risk

Cedar Realty Trust has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Cedar Realty Trust and Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cedar Realty Trust 6.58% 2.49% 0.77%
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust 15.05% 4.99% 1.86%

Dividends

Cedar Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.6%. Cedar Realty Trust pays out -333.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust pays out 214.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust beats Cedar Realty Trust on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cedar Realty Trust

Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on ownership and operation of grocery-anchored shopping centers straddling the Washington District of Columbia (DC) to Boston corridor. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and managed a portfolio of 61 operating properties (excluding properties held for sale) totaling approximately 9.1 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). The Company focuses its investment activities on grocery-anchored shopping centers. The Company’s properties portfolio comprises 26 properties in Pennsylvania, eight properties in Massachusetts, seven properties in Connecticut, seven properties in Maryland / Washington, D.C, eight properties in Virginia, four properties in New Jersey and one property in New York. The Company’s 106 are going to expire in the year 2017. The Company conducts all of its businesses through the Cedar Realty Trust Partnership L.P. (the Operating Partnership).

About Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust is an equity real estate investment trust. The Company’s primary business is the ownership, management, redevelopment, development and operation of retail shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and managed multi-anchored shopping centers in 12 metropolitan markets in the United States. It conducts its business through its operating partnership, Ramco-Gershenson Properties, L.P. It invests in large, multi-anchored shopping centers that include national chain store tenants and supermarket tenants. National chain anchor tenants in its centers include, among others, Bed Bath and Beyond, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Home Depot. Supermarket anchor tenants in its centers include, among others, Publix Super Market, Whole Foods, Kroger and Sprouts. Its shopping centers are located in metropolitan markets, such as Metro Detroit, Southeast Florida, Greater Denver, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Tampa/Lakeland, Milwaukee, Chicago and Atlanta.

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