Getty Realty Corporation (NYSE: GTY) and Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

52.1% of Getty Realty Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.3% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares are held by institutional investors. 22.3% of Getty Realty Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Getty Realty Corporation has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Weingarten Realty Investors has a beta of 0.72, meaning that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Getty Realty Corporation and Weingarten Realty Investors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Getty Realty Corporation 1 0 2 0 2.33
Weingarten Realty Investors 1 2 1 0 2.00

Getty Realty Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $27.33, suggesting a potential downside of 3.72%. Weingarten Realty Investors has a consensus target price of $33.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.12%. Given Weingarten Realty Investors’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Weingarten Realty Investors is more favorable than Getty Realty Corporation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Getty Realty Corporation 36.50% 10.28% 5.06%
Weingarten Realty Investors 33.57% 11.03% 4.36%

Dividends

Getty Realty Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Weingarten Realty Investors pays an annual dividend of $1.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. 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. 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. Getty Realty Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Weingarten Realty Investors has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Getty Realty Corporation and Weingarten Realty Investors’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Getty Realty Corporation $114.91 million 9.74 $78.24 million $1.21 23.46
Weingarten Realty Investors $571.15 million 7.52 $367.56 million $1.47 22.76

Weingarten Realty Investors has higher revenue and earnings than Getty Realty Corporation. Weingarten Realty Investors 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.

Summary

Getty Realty Corporation beats Weingarten Realty Investors on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Getty Realty Corporation

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.

About Weingarten Realty Investors

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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