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


This table compares Excel Trust and Realty Income Corporation’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%
Realty Income Corporation 29.19% 5.14% 2.62%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.0% of Realty Income Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Realty Income Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Realty Income Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Excel Trust does not pay a dividend. Realty Income Corporation pays out 217.1% 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 21 consecutive years and Realty Income Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Excel Trust and Realty Income Corporation’s 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
Realty Income Corporation $1.16 billion 13.39 $1.05 billion $1.17 48.44

Realty Income Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Excel Trust.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Excel Trust and Realty Income Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Excel Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Realty Income Corporation 2 4 3 0 2.11

Realty Income Corporation has a consensus target price of $66.00, suggesting a potential upside of 16.46%. Given Realty Income Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Realty Income Corporation is more favorable than Excel Trust.


Realty Income Corporation 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.

Realty Income Corporation Company Profile

Realty Income Corporation is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in in-house acquisition, portfolio management, asset management, credit research, real estate research, legal, finance and accounting, information technology and capital markets capabilities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned a diversified portfolio of 4,944 properties located in 49 states and Puerto Rico, with over 83.0 million square feet of leasable space leased to 248 different commercial tenants doing business in 47 separate industries. As of December 31, 2016, of the 4,944 properties in the portfolio, 4,920, or 99.5%, were single-tenant properties, and the remaining were multi-tenant properties. As of December 31, 2016, of the 4,920 single-tenant properties, 4,836 were leased with a weighted average remaining lease term (excluding rights to extend a lease at the option of the tenant) of approximately 9.8 years.

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