Rexford Industrial Realty (NASDAQ: REXR) and Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE:GPT) are both mid-cap financials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Rexford Industrial Realty and Gramercy Property Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rexford Industrial Realty 0 3 4 0 2.57
Gramercy Property Trust 1 1 3 0 2.40

Rexford Industrial Realty currently has a consensus price target of $30.25, suggesting a potential upside of 3.60%. Gramercy Property Trust has a consensus price target of $31.67, suggesting a potential upside of 3.96%. Given Gramercy Property Trust’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Gramercy Property Trust is more favorable than Rexford Industrial Realty.

Profitability

This table compares Rexford Industrial Realty and Gramercy Property Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rexford Industrial Realty 53.98% 7.84% 4.92%
Gramercy Property Trust 4.35% 0.81% 0.40%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Rexford Industrial Realty and Gramercy Property Trust’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rexford Industrial Realty $139.65 million 14.81 $82.43 million N/A N/A
Gramercy Property Trust $525.64 million 9.31 $368.69 million $0.09 338.48

Gramercy Property Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Rexford Industrial Realty.

Dividends

Gramercy Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. Rexford Industrial Realty does not pay a dividend. Gramercy Property Trust pays out 1,666.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Rexford Industrial Realty has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.8% of Gramercy Property Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Gramercy Property Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Rexford Industrial Realty beats Gramercy Property Trust on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Rexford Industrial Realty

Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed full-service real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is focused on owning, operating and acquiring industrial properties in Southern California infill markets. Rexford Industrial Realty, L.P. is the operating partnership of the Company. Through its controlling interest in Operating Partnership and its subsidiaries, the Company owns, manages, leases, acquires and develops industrial real estate located in Southern California infill markets, and from time to time, acquires or provides mortgage debt secured by industrial property. As of July 19, 2017, the Company’s consolidated portfolio consisted of 142 properties with approximately 17.7 million rentable square feet. In addition, the Company managed an additional 19 properties with approximately 1.2 million rentable square feet.

About Gramercy Property Trust

Gramercy Property Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT), which is an investor and asset manager of commercial real estate. The Company’s operating segments include Investments/Corporate and Asset Management. The Investments/Corporate segment includes all of its activities related to the investment and ownership of commercial properties located throughout the United States and Europe. The Asset Management segment includes substantially all of its activities related to asset and property management of commercial properties located throughout the United States and Europe. It is engaged in acquiring and managing single-tenant, net leased industrial, office and specialty properties. It focuses on income producing properties leased to tenants in markets in the United States and Europe. It earns revenues through rental revenues on properties that it owns in the United States and asset management revenues on properties owned by third parties in the United States and Europe.

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