Jernigan Capital (NYSE: JCAP) is one of 17 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialized REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Jernigan Capital to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Jernigan Capital and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Jernigan Capital $7.80 million N/A 10.38
Jernigan Capital Competitors $1.01 billion $499.61 million 28.39

Jernigan Capital’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Jernigan Capital. Jernigan Capital is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Jernigan Capital and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jernigan Capital 185.96% 9.37% 7.91%
Jernigan Capital Competitors 34.45% 8.82% 3.22%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

60.7% of Jernigan Capital shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.6% of shares of all “Specialized REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.2% of Jernigan Capital shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Specialized REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Jernigan Capital pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Jernigan Capital pays out 69.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Specialized REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.3% and pay out 170.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Jernigan Capital is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Jernigan Capital and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jernigan Capital 0 1 3 0 2.75
Jernigan Capital Competitors 27 230 582 21 2.69

Jernigan Capital presently has a consensus target price of $24.25, indicating a potential upside of 16.25%. As a group, “Specialized REITs” companies have a potential upside of 12.08%. Given Jernigan Capital’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Jernigan Capital is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk and Volatility

Jernigan Capital has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jernigan Capital’s rivals have a beta of 0.87, suggesting that their average share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Jernigan Capital beats its rivals on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

Jernigan Capital Company Profile

Jernigan Capital, Inc. is a commercial real estate finance company. The Company provides capital to private developers, owners and operators of self-storage facilities. It intends to generate long-term returns on development property investments through a fixed rate of interest on its invested capital together with an interest in the positive cash flows of the self-storage development from operations, sales and/or refinancings. It generates cash flows from construction loans and operating property loans in the form of a fixed interest rate and origination fees. It originates various loans, such as bridge loans and credit lines. It has development property investments in Orlando, Atlanta, Tampa, Chicago and Miami. Its operating property loans are located in New Orleans, Newark, Nashville, Sacramento and Chicago. The Company conducts its investment activities through Jernigan Capital Operating Company, LLC. The Company is externally managed and advised by JCap Advisors, LLC.

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