Urstadt Biddle Properties (NYSE: UBA) and Douglas Emmett (NYSE:DEI) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

Urstadt Biddle Properties has a beta of 0.53, meaning that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Douglas Emmett has a beta of 0.7, meaning that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Urstadt Biddle Properties and Douglas Emmett’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Urstadt Biddle Properties $122.07 million 6.79 $74.49 million $1.07 20.54
Douglas Emmett $788.75 million 8.16 $481.47 million $0.59 67.02

Douglas Emmett has higher revenue and earnings than Urstadt Biddle Properties. Urstadt Biddle Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Douglas Emmett, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.3% of Urstadt Biddle Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.0% of Douglas Emmett shares are held by institutional investors. 20.1% of Urstadt Biddle Properties shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.8% of Douglas Emmett shares are held 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.

Dividends

Urstadt Biddle Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Douglas Emmett pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Urstadt Biddle Properties pays out 99.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Douglas Emmett pays out 155.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Urstadt Biddle Properties has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years and Douglas Emmett has raised its dividend for 17 consecutive years. Urstadt Biddle Properties is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Urstadt Biddle Properties and Douglas Emmett, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Urstadt Biddle Properties 0 2 0 0 2.00
Douglas Emmett 2 7 1 0 1.90

Urstadt Biddle Properties presently has a consensus target price of $21.50, indicating a potential downside of 2.18%. Douglas Emmett has a consensus target price of $39.71, indicating a potential upside of 0.44%. Given Douglas Emmett’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Douglas Emmett is more favorable than Urstadt Biddle Properties.

Profitability

This table compares Urstadt Biddle Properties and Douglas Emmett’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Urstadt Biddle Properties 44.45% 13.62% 5.65%
Douglas Emmett 12.00% 2.95% 1.18%

Summary

Douglas Emmett beats Urstadt Biddle Properties on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Urstadt Biddle Properties Company Profile

Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. is a real estate investment trust, which is engaged in the acquisition, ownership and management of commercial real estate. The Company owns Ridgeway Shopping Center (Ridgeway) property, which is located in Stamford, Connecticut. Its segments include Ridgeway and All Other Operating Segments. Its primary business is the ownership of real estate investments with primary emphasis on properties in the metropolitan New York tri-state area outside of the City of New York. As of October 31, 2016, the Company’s properties consisted principally of neighborhood and community shopping centers and seven office buildings. As of March 30, 2017, the Company owned or had equity interests in 80 properties, including neighborhood and community shopping centers, office buildings, single tenant retail or restaurant properties and office/retail mixed-use properties located in four states throughout the United States.

Douglas Emmett Company Profile

Douglas Emmett, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is owner and operator of office and multifamily properties located in submarkets in Los Angeles and Honolulu. The Company operates through two segments: the acquisition, development, ownership and management of office real estate (Office Segment), and the acquisition, development, ownership and management of multifamily real estate (Multifamily Segment). The services for its Office segment include primarily rental of office space and other tenant services, including parking and storage space rental. The services for its Multifamily segment include primarily rental of apartments and other tenant services, including parking and storage space rental. It focuses on owning, acquiring developing and managing a substantial share of office properties and multifamily communities in neighborhoods.

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