Comparing Safety, Income and Growth (SAFE) and Sutherland Asset Management (SLD)

Sutherland Asset Management (NYSE: SLD) and Safety, Income and Growth (NYSE:SAFE) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

30.4% of Sutherland Asset Management shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.3% of Safety, Income and Growth shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Sutherland Asset Management shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sutherland Asset Management and Safety, Income and Growth’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sutherland Asset Management $99.73 million 5.07 $49.16 million $1.94 8.14
Safety, Income and Growth $21.74 million 15.31 N/A N/A N/A

Sutherland Asset Management has higher revenue and earnings than Safety, Income and Growth.


Sutherland Asset Management pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.4%. Safety, Income and Growth does not pay a dividend. Sutherland Asset Management pays out 76.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Sutherland Asset Management and Safety, Income and Growth, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sutherland Asset Management 0 1 2 0 2.67
Safety, Income and Growth 0 5 1 0 2.17

Sutherland Asset Management presently has a consensus price target of $16.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.27%. Safety, Income and Growth has a consensus price target of $20.58, suggesting a potential upside of 12.46%. Given Safety, Income and Growth’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Safety, Income and Growth is more favorable than Sutherland Asset Management.


This table compares Sutherland Asset Management and Safety, Income and Growth’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sutherland Asset Management 42.78% 8.15% 1.79%
Safety, Income and Growth N/A N/A N/A


Sutherland Asset Management beats Safety, Income and Growth on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sutherland Asset Management Company Profile

Sutherland Asset Management Corporation, formerly ZAIS Financial Corp., is a diversified mortgage real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company originates, acquires, finances, services and manages small balance commercial loans (SBC) and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. The Company focuses on maintaining its existing residential mortgage origination platform, GMFS. The Company originates SBC and SBA loans through its ReadyCap subsidiaries. The Company also invests in asset-backed securities, where the underlying pool of assets consists primarily of SBC loans, and other real estate-related investments. The Company is managed and advised by Waterfall Asset Management, LLC.

Safety, Income and Growth Company Profile

Safety, Income and Growth, Inc. is formed primarily to acquire, own, manage, finance and capitalize ground net leases (GNLs). The Company’s portfolio consists of 12 properties, which includes Doubletree Seattle Airport, One Ally Center, Hilton Salt Lake, Doubletree Mission Valley, Doubletree Sonoma, Doubletree Durango, Dallas Market Center: Sheraton Suites, Northside Forsyth Hospital Medical Center, NASA/JPSS Headquarters, The Buckler Apartments, Dallas Market Center: Marriott Courtyard and Lock Up Self Storage Facility.

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