Macerich Company (The) (NYSE: MAC) and Getty Realty Corporation (NYSE:GTY) are both financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Macerich Company (The) and Getty Realty Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Macerich Company (The) 14.92% 3.56% 1.55%
Getty Realty Corporation 36.66% 9.62% 4.89%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Macerich Company (The) and Getty Realty Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Macerich Company (The) 1 8 5 0 2.29
Getty Realty Corporation 1 0 2 0 2.33

Macerich Company (The) presently has a consensus target price of $66.71, indicating a potential upside of 5.11%. Getty Realty Corporation has a consensus target price of $27.33, indicating a potential downside of 3.65%. Given Macerich Company (The)’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Macerich Company (The) is more favorable than Getty Realty Corporation.

Risk and Volatility

Macerich Company (The) has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Getty Realty Corporation has a beta of 0.56, suggesting that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.8% of Macerich Company (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.7% of Getty Realty Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of Macerich Company (The) shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 22.3% of Getty Realty Corporation shares are owned by 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Macerich Company (The) and Getty Realty Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Macerich Company (The) $1.04 billion 8.58 $516.99 million $1.05 60.45
Getty Realty Corporation $115.27 million 9.75 $38.41 million $1.16 24.46

Macerich Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than Getty Realty Corporation. Getty Realty Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Macerich Company (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Macerich Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $2.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Getty Realty Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Macerich Company (The) pays out 281.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Getty Realty Corporation pays out 96.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Macerich Company (The) has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Getty Realty Corporation has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Getty Realty Corporation beats Macerich Company (The) on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Macerich Company (The)

The Macerich Company is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is involved in the acquisition, ownership, development, redevelopment, management and leasing of regional and community/power shopping centers located throughout the United States. The Company owns ownership interests in, The Macerich Partnership, L.P. (the Operating Partnership). As of December 31, 2016, the Company, through its operating partnership, had ownership interests in 50 regional shopping centers and seven community/power shopping centers. These 57 regional and community/power shopping centers consisted of approximately 56 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), as of December 31, 2016. The Company’s properties include Danbury Fair Mall, Desert Sky Mall, Fresno Fashion Fair, NorthPark Mall, Oaks, The, Towne Mall, Valley Mall, Arrowhead Towne Center, Deptford Mall and South Plains Mall.

About Getty Realty Corporation

Getty Realty Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company specializes in the ownership, leasing and financing of convenience store and gasoline station properties. As of June 30, 2017, the Company’s 825 properties were located in 26 states across the United States and Washington, District of Columbia. Its properties are operated under a range of brands, including 76, Aloha, BP, Citgo, Conoco, Exxon, Getty, Mobil, RaceTrac, Shell and Valero. The Company owns the Getty name in connection with its real estate and the petroleum marketing business in the United States. As of June 30, 2017, the Company had owned 738 properties and leased 87 properties from third-party landlords. Its typical property is used as a convenience store and gasoline station. Its properties are concentrated in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

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