General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP) is one of 34 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare General Growth Properties to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

General Growth Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. General Growth Properties pays out 73.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Retail REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.3% and pay out 144.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. General Growth Properties has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares General Growth Properties and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
General Growth Properties $2.51 billion $1.76 billion 18.34
General Growth Properties Competitors $711.68 million $472.02 million 29.56

General Growth Properties has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. General Growth Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.3% of General Growth Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.3% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 35.6% of General Growth Properties shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.3% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares General Growth Properties and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
General Growth Properties 50.01% 13.57% 5.07%
General Growth Properties Competitors 21.35% 5.12% 2.89%

Risk & Volatility

General Growth Properties has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Growth Properties’ peers have a beta of 0.66, meaning that their average stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for General Growth Properties and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
General Growth Properties 1 5 4 0 2.30
General Growth Properties Competitors 260 1210 1178 24 2.36

General Growth Properties presently has a consensus target price of $25.80, indicating a potential upside of 18.24%. As a group, “Retail REITs” companies have a potential upside of 12.08%. Given General Growth Properties’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe General Growth Properties is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

General Growth Properties beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About General Growth Properties

GGP Inc. (GGP), formerly General Growth Properties, Inc., is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates as a holding company, which is engaged in the operation, development and management of retail and other rental properties, primarily regional malls. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned, either entirely or with joint venture partners, 127 retail properties located throughout the United States comprising approximately 125 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s retail properties included 200 Lafayette, The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Northridge Fashion Center, Brass Mill Center, Jordan Creek Town Center, Westroads Mall and Stonestown Galleria. The Company’s business is conducted through GGP Operating Partnership, LP (GGPOP), GGP Nimbus, LP (GGPN) and GGP Limited Partnership (GGPLP, and together with GGPN and GGPOP, the Operating Partnerships), subsidiaries of GGP.

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