AmREIT (NYSE: AMRE) is one of 32 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare AmREIT to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for AmREIT and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AmREIT 0 0 0 0 N/A
AmREIT Competitors 164 1086 1168 21 2.43

As a group, “Retail REITs” companies have a potential upside of 13.86%. Given AmREIT’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe AmREIT has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares AmREIT and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AmREIT N/A N/A 110.63
AmREIT Competitors $725.19 million $230.98 million -85.37

AmREIT’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than AmREIT. AmREIT is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.1% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.0% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares AmREIT and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AmREIT N/A N/A N/A
AmREIT Competitors 20.53% 5.10% 2.66%

Summary

AmREIT peers beat AmREIT on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

AmREIT Company Profile

AmREIT, Inc. (AmREIT) is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns, operates, acquires and selectively develops and redevelops primarily neighborhood and community shopping centers located in high-traffic, densely populated, affluent areas with high barriers to entry. The Company’s shopping centers are anchored by national and local retailers, including supermarket chains, drug stores and other necessity-based retailers. In June 2013, AmREIT Inc announced that it has completed the acquisition of Fountain Oaks Shopping Center, a 160,600 square foot Kroger-anchored shopping center in the north Buckhead submarket of Atlanta, Georgia. Effective September 24, 2013, AmREIT Inc, through its AmREIT Realty Investment Corp subsidiary, acquired Woodlake Square Shopping Center, an owner and operator of shopping centers. In August 2014, AmREIT Inc completed the acquisition of Tuxedo Festival Shopping Center.

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