Rouse Properties (NYSE: RSE) and Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) are both financials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, dividends and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Rouse Properties and Weingarten Realty Investors’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rouse Properties N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Weingarten Realty Investors $571.15 million 7.19 $367.56 million $1.47 21.77

Weingarten Realty Investors has higher revenue and earnings than Rouse Properties.

Volatility & Risk

Rouse Properties has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Weingarten Realty Investors has a beta of 0.72, meaning that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Weingarten Realty Investors pays an annual dividend of $1.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Rouse Properties does not pay a dividend. Weingarten Realty Investors pays out 104.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Rouse Properties has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Weingarten Realty Investors has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.2% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Rouse Properties and Weingarten Realty Investors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rouse Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A
Weingarten Realty Investors 1 2 1 0 2.00

Weingarten Realty Investors has a consensus price target of $35.75, indicating a potential upside of 11.72%. Given Weingarten Realty Investors’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Weingarten Realty Investors is more favorable than Rouse Properties.

Profitability

This table compares Rouse Properties and Weingarten Realty Investors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rouse Properties -12.34% -9.28% -1.58%
Weingarten Realty Investors 33.57% 11.03% 4.36%

Summary

Weingarten Realty Investors beats Rouse Properties on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Rouse Properties Company Profile

Rouse Properties, Inc. is a United States-based real estate investment company. The Company owns and manages regional malls in protected markets or submarkets in the United States. The Company operates through the retail segment, which includes the operation, development and management of regional malls. The Company’s portfolio includes approximately 40 malls and retail centers in over 20 states totaling approximately 24.9 million square feet of retail space. The Company’s properties include Animas Valley Mall; Bayshore Mall; Birchwood Mall; Cache Valley Mall; Chesterfield Towne Center; Chula Vista Center; Colony Square Mall; Fig Garden Village; Grand Traverse Mall; Greenville Mall; Lakeland Square; Lansing Mall; Mall St. Vincent; NewPark Mall; North Plains Mall; Pierre Bossier Mall; Sikes Senter; Silver Lake Mall; Southland Center; Southland Mall; Spring Hill Mall; Valley Hills Mall; Vista Ridge Mall; Washington Park Mall; West Valley Mall; Westwood Mall, and White Mountain Mall.

Weingarten Realty Investors Company Profile

Weingarten Realty Investors is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s primary business is leasing space to tenants in the shopping centers it owns or leases. The Company also provides property management services. The Company is in the business of owning, managing and developing retail shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 220 centers, primarily neighborhood and community shopping centers, which were located in 18 states spanning the country from coast to coast with approximately 44.7 million square feet of gross leasable area. Its centers are located principally in the South, West Coast and Southeast Coast of the United States with concentrations in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. It also owned interests in 28 parcels of land that totaled approximately 19.8 million square feet, as of December 31, 2016.

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