Excel Trust (NYSE: EXL) and Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE:LXP) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Excel Trust and Lexington Realty Trust’s 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%
Lexington Realty Trust 9.80% 2.92% 1.13%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Excel Trust and Lexington Realty Trust’s 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
Lexington Realty Trust $393.09 million 6.42 $316.72 million $0.14 74.93

Lexington Realty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Excel Trust.

Dividends

Lexington Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Excel Trust does not pay a dividend. Lexington Realty Trust pays out 500.0% 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 7 consecutive years and Lexington Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Excel Trust and Lexington Realty Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Excel Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lexington Realty Trust 1 5 1 0 2.00

Lexington Realty Trust has a consensus target price of $10.55, suggesting a potential upside of 0.57%. Given Lexington Realty Trust’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Lexington Realty Trust is more favorable than Excel Trust.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.1% of Lexington Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Lexington Realty Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Lexington Realty Trust beats Excel Trust on 9 of the 11 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.

Lexington Realty Trust Company Profile

Lexington Realty Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns a portfolio of equity and debt investments in single-tenant commercial properties. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had equity ownership interests in approximately 195 consolidated real estate properties, located in 40 states and containing an aggregate of approximately 43.3 million square feet of space, approximately 96.0% of which was leased. The Company conducts its operations either directly or indirectly through property owner subsidiaries and lender subsidiaries, which are single purpose entities; an operating partnership, Lepercq Corporate Income Fund L.P. (LCIF), in which the Company is the sole unit holder of the general partner and the sole unit holder of the limited partner that holds a majority of the limited partner interests; Lexington Realty Advisors, Inc. (LRA), a subsidiary of the Company, and investments in joint ventures.

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