Arbor Realty Trust (NYSE: ABR) and Safety Income & Growth (NYSE:SAFE) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Arbor Realty Trust and Safety Income & Growth, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Arbor Realty Trust 0 1 1 0 2.50
Safety Income & Growth 0 5 1 0 2.17

Arbor Realty Trust currently has a consensus target price of $8.88, suggesting a potential upside of 2.60%. Safety Income & Growth has a consensus target price of $20.58, suggesting a potential upside of 16.07%. Given Safety Income & Growth’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Safety Income & Growth is more favorable than Arbor Realty Trust.

Dividends

Arbor Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.8%. Safety Income & Growth does not pay a dividend. Arbor Realty Trust pays out 65.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Arbor Realty Trust has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Arbor Realty Trust and Safety Income & Growth’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Arbor Realty Trust $116.17 million 4.59 $50.34 million $1.17 7.39
Safety Income & Growth $21.74 million 14.83 $6.61 million N/A N/A

Arbor Realty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Safety Income & Growth.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

45.7% of Arbor Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.3% of Safety Income & Growth shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.5% of Arbor Realty Trust 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.

Profitability

This table compares Arbor Realty Trust and Safety Income & Growth’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Arbor Realty Trust 57.54% 11.61% 2.77%
Safety Income & Growth N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Arbor Realty Trust beats Safety Income & Growth on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Arbor Realty Trust

Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company invests in a portfolio of structured finance assets in the multifamily and commercial real estate markets, primarily consisting of bridge and mezzanine loans, including junior participating interests in first mortgages, preferred and direct equity. Its segments include Structured Business and Agency Business. In addition, the Company may also directly acquire real property and invest in real estate-related notes and certain mortgage-related securities. It focuses on investment types, such as Bridge Financing, Mezzanine Financing, Junior Participation Financing and Preferred Equity Investments. It offers bridge financing products to borrowers, typically seeking short-term capital to use in an acquisition of property. It offers mezzanine financing in the form of loans that are subordinate to a conventional first mortgage loan and senior to the borrower’s equity in a transaction.

About Safety Income & Growth

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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