Excel Trust (NYSE: EXL) and PS Business Parks (NYSE:PSB) are both financials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Excel Trust and PS Business Parks’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Excel Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
PS Business Parks $394.93 million 9.29 $261.16 million $3.06 44.06

PS Business Parks has higher revenue and earnings than Excel Trust.

Dividends

PS Business Parks pays an annual dividend of $3.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Excel Trust does not pay a dividend. PS Business Parks pays out 111.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Excel Trust has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years and PS Business Parks has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Excel Trust and PS Business Parks, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Excel Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
PS Business Parks 1 1 0 0 1.50

PS Business Parks has a consensus price target of $107.00, indicating a potential downside of 20.63%. Given PS Business Parks’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe PS Business Parks is more favorable than Excel Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Excel Trust and PS Business Parks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Excel Trust 9.45% 0.65% 0.88%
PS Business Parks 39.05% 16.50% 7.61%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.4% of PS Business Parks shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of PS Business Parks shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

PS Business Parks beats Excel Trust on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

PS Business Parks Company Profile

PS Business Parks, Inc. is a self-advised and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates and develops commercial properties, primarily multi-tenant flex, office and industrial parks. It focuses on owning concentrated business parks. PS Business Parks, L.P. (the Operating Partnership) is a California limited partnership, which owns directly or indirectly substantially all of its assets and through, which the Company conducts substantially all of its business. PSB is the partner of the Operating Partnership and, as of December 31, 2016, owned 77.9% of the common partnership units. The remaining common partnership units are owned by Public Storage (PS). As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 28.1 million rentable square feet of commercial space, comprising 99 business parks, in the states, including California, Texas, Virginia, Florida, Maryland and Washington. It also manages 684,000 rentable square feet on behalf of PS.

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