Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) and Cedar Realty Trust (NYSE:CDR) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Weingarten Realty Investors and Cedar Realty Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Weingarten Realty Investors 1 2 1 0 2.00
Cedar Realty Trust 1 2 3 0 2.33

Weingarten Realty Investors presently has a consensus target price of $33.25, indicating a potential upside of 6.57%. Cedar Realty Trust has a consensus target price of $6.25, indicating a potential upside of 8.70%. Given Cedar Realty Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cedar Realty Trust is more favorable than Weingarten Realty Investors.

Risk and Volatility

Weingarten Realty Investors has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cedar Realty Trust has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Weingarten Realty Investors and Cedar Realty Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Weingarten Realty Investors $549.55 million 7.29 $238.93 million $1.63 19.14
Cedar Realty Trust $151.09 million 3.48 $8.94 million ($0.07) -82.14

Weingarten Realty Investors has higher revenue and earnings than Cedar Realty Trust. Cedar Realty Trust 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.

Dividends

Weingarten Realty Investors pays an annual dividend of $1.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. Cedar Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Weingarten Realty Investors pays out 94.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cedar Realty Trust pays out -285.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Weingarten Realty Investors has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Weingarten Realty Investors is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Weingarten Realty Investors and Cedar Realty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Weingarten Realty Investors 36.86% 12.07% 4.85%
Cedar Realty Trust 11.42% 4.26% 1.34%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

79.9% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.2% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Weingarten Realty Investors beats Cedar Realty Trust on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Weingarten Realty Investors Company Profile

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.

Cedar Realty Trust Company Profile

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).

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