Brixmor Property Group (NYSE: BRX) and Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) are both mid-cap financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Brixmor Property Group and Weingarten Realty Investors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brixmor Property Group 0 5 6 0 2.55
Weingarten Realty Investors 1 2 1 0 2.00

Brixmor Property Group presently has a consensus price target of $23.50, suggesting a potential upside of 27.58%. Weingarten Realty Investors has a consensus price target of $33.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.08%. Given Brixmor Property Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Brixmor Property Group is more favorable than Weingarten Realty Investors.

Volatility and Risk

Brixmor Property Group has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Weingarten Realty Investors has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Brixmor Property Group and Weingarten Realty Investors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brixmor Property Group 23.32% 10.36% 3.24%
Weingarten Realty Investors 33.57% 11.03% 4.36%

Dividends

Brixmor Property Group pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. Weingarten Realty Investors pays an annual dividend of $1.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. Brixmor Property Group pays out 106.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. 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. Weingarten Realty Investors has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Brixmor Property Group and Weingarten Realty Investors’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brixmor Property Group $1.29 billion 4.35 $840.64 million $0.98 18.80
Weingarten Realty Investors $571.15 million 7.10 $367.56 million $1.47 21.48

Brixmor Property Group has higher revenue and earnings than Weingarten Realty Investors. Brixmor Property Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Weingarten Realty Investors, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.3% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Brixmor Property Group 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, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Weingarten Realty Investors beats Brixmor Property Group on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Brixmor Property Group

Brixmor Property Group Inc. is an internally managed real estate investment trust. The Company conducts its operations primarily through Brixmor Operating Partnership LP and subsidiaries (collectively, the Operating Partnership). As of December 31, 2016, it owned interests in 512 shopping centers (the Portfolio) with approximately 86 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), including 511 shopping centers and one shopping center held through an unconsolidated joint venture. With an average shopping center size of 167,982 square feet as of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted predominantly of community and neighborhood shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were located in various states of the United States, such as Texas, Florida, California, New York, Illinois, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan, Connecticut, Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona, Delaware, West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

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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