OUTFRONT Media (NYSE: OUT) and Gladstone Land (NASDAQ:LAND) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

OUTFRONT Media has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gladstone Land has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

26.3% of Gladstone Land shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of OUTFRONT Media shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.9% of Gladstone Land shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

OUTFRONT Media pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.2%. Gladstone Land pays an annual dividend of $0.53 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. OUTFRONT Media pays out 171.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Gladstone Land pays out 1,767.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. OUTFRONT Media is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares OUTFRONT Media and Gladstone Land’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
OUTFRONT Media 7.71% 9.57% 3.12%
Gladstone Land 1.14% 0.25% 0.07%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for OUTFRONT Media and Gladstone Land, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
OUTFRONT Media 0 2 4 0 2.67
Gladstone Land 0 1 2 0 2.67

OUTFRONT Media currently has a consensus price target of $30.17, indicating a potential upside of 30.65%. Gladstone Land has a consensus price target of $14.13, indicating a potential upside of 4.86%. Given OUTFRONT Media’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe OUTFRONT Media is more favorable than Gladstone Land.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares OUTFRONT Media and Gladstone Land’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
OUTFRONT Media $1.51 billion 2.11 $90.90 million $0.84 27.49
Gladstone Land $17.32 million 10.61 $440,000.00 $0.03 449.15

OUTFRONT Media has higher revenue and earnings than Gladstone Land. OUTFRONT Media is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Gladstone Land, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

OUTFRONT Media beats Gladstone Land on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

OUTFRONT Media Company Profile

OUTFRONT Media Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT), which provides advertising space (displays) on out-of-home advertising structures and sites in the United States and Canada. The Company’s segments are U.S. Media and Other. The U.S. Media segment includes U.S. Billboard and Transit. The Other segment includes International and Sports Marketing. The Company’s inventory consists of billboard displays, which are primarily located on the heavily traveled highways and roadways in Nielsen Designated Market Areas (DMAs), and transit advertising displays operated under multi-year contracts with municipalities in cities across the United States and Canada. The Company also has marketing and multimedia rights agreements with colleges, universities and other educational institutions, which entitle the Company to operate on-campus advertising displays, as well as manage marketing opportunities, media rights and experiential entertainment at sports events.

Gladstone Land Company Profile

Gladstone Land Corporation is an agricultural real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of owning and leasing farmland. The Company also owns various farm-related facilities, such as cooling facilities, buildings utilized for the storage and assembly of boxes for shipping produce (box barns), packinghouses, processing facilities and various storage facilities. The Company is engaged in leasing its farms and farm-related facilities to independent or corporate farming operations. As of September 12, 2017, the Company owned 72 farms, including 58,777 total acres across seven states in the United States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska and Oregon). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s farms and facilities were leased to 40 different, unrelated tenants that are either independent or corporate farming operations. The Company focuses to own primarily single-tenant, agricultural real property.

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