Cedar Realty Trust (NYSE: CDR) and Getty Realty Corporation (NYSE:GTY) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Cedar Realty Trust has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Getty Realty Corporation has a beta of 0.54, indicating that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Cedar Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Getty Realty Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Cedar Realty Trust pays out -333.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. 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. Cedar Realty Trust has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cedar Realty Trust and Getty Realty Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cedar Realty Trust $147.44 million 2.85 $81.98 million ($0.06) -85.32
Getty Realty Corporation $114.91 million 9.75 $78.24 million $1.21 23.49

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Cedar Realty Trust and Getty Realty Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cedar Realty Trust 1 1 4 0 2.50
Getty Realty Corporation 1 0 2 0 2.33

Cedar Realty Trust presently has a consensus target price of $6.25, suggesting a potential upside of 22.07%. Getty Realty Corporation has a consensus target price of $27.33, suggesting a potential downside of 3.82%. Given Cedar Realty Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cedar Realty Trust is more favorable than Getty Realty Corporation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.2% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.1% of Getty Realty Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.3% of Getty Realty Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Cedar Realty Trust and Getty Realty Corporation’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%
Getty Realty Corporation 36.50% 10.28% 5.06%

Summary

Cedar Realty Trust beats Getty Realty Corporation on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cedar Realty Trust Company Profile

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).

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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