Cedar Realty Trust (NYSE: CDR) and Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust (NASDAQ:WHLR) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cedar Realty Trust and Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cedar Realty Trust $147.44 million 3.07 $81.98 million ($0.06) -91.65
Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust $52.98 million 1.52 $32.30 million ($1.83) -5.09

Cedar Realty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust. Cedar Realty Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Cedar Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.6%. Cedar Realty Trust pays out -333.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust pays out -74.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Volatility & Risk

Cedar Realty Trust has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cedar Realty Trust and Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cedar Realty Trust 1 2 3 0 2.33
Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust 0 1 3 0 2.75

Cedar Realty Trust currently has a consensus target price of $6.25, indicating a potential upside of 13.64%. Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust has a consensus target price of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 71.86%. Given Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust is more favorable than Cedar Realty Trust.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.2% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Cedar Realty Trust and Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cedar Realty Trust 6.58% 2.49% 0.77%
Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust -13.41% -14.10% -1.88%

Summary

Cedar Realty Trust beats Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cedar Realty Trust

Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on ownership and operation of grocery-anchored shopping centers straddling the Washington District of Columbia (DC) to Boston corridor. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and managed a portfolio of 61 operating properties (excluding properties held for sale) totaling approximately 9.1 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). The Company focuses its investment activities on grocery-anchored shopping centers. The Company’s properties portfolio comprises 26 properties in Pennsylvania, eight properties in Massachusetts, seven properties in Connecticut, seven properties in Maryland / Washington, D.C, eight properties in Virginia, four properties in New Jersey and one property in New York. The Company’s 106 are going to expire in the year 2017. The Company conducts all of its businesses through the Cedar Realty Trust Partnership L.P. (the Operating Partnership).

About Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. is a self-managed commercial real estate investment company. The Company focuses on acquiring and managing retail properties with a primary focus on grocery-anchored centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned a portfolio consisting of 74 properties, including 59 retail shopping centers and five freestanding retail properties totaling 4,906,511 gross leasable square feet of which approximately 94% were leased, one office property, eight undeveloped land parcels totaling approximately 70 acres and one redevelopment project. Its properties are located in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Its properties include Alex City Marketplace, Berkley Shopping Center, Clover Plaza, Darien Shopping Center, Cypress Shopping Center, Harrodsburg Marketplace, LaGrange Marketplace, Riverbridge Shopping Center and Village of Martinsville.

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