Contrasting Getty Realty (GTY) and Retail Opportunity Investments (ROIC)

Getty Realty (NYSE: GTY) and Retail Opportunity Investments (NASDAQ:ROIC) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Getty Realty and Retail Opportunity Investments, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Getty Realty 1 0 2 0 2.33
Retail Opportunity Investments 0 4 3 0 2.43

Getty Realty presently has a consensus target price of $27.33, indicating a potential upside of 5.74%. Retail Opportunity Investments has a consensus target price of $22.17, indicating a potential upside of 18.47%. Given Retail Opportunity Investments’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Retail Opportunity Investments is more favorable than Getty Realty.

Profitability

This table compares Getty Realty and Retail Opportunity Investments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Getty Realty 36.66% 9.62% 4.89%
Retail Opportunity Investments 14.13% 2.86% 1.34%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Getty Realty and Retail Opportunity Investments’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Getty Realty $115.27 million 8.88 $38.41 million $1.19 21.72
Retail Opportunity Investments $237.19 million 8.66 $32.48 million $0.31 60.35

Getty Realty has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Retail Opportunity Investments. Getty Realty is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Retail Opportunity Investments, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Getty Realty pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Retail Opportunity Investments pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Getty Realty pays out 107.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Retail Opportunity Investments pays out 241.9% 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 has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Getty Realty is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility & Risk

Getty Realty has a beta of 0.54, suggesting that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Retail Opportunity Investments has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

61.2% of Getty Realty shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.4% of Retail Opportunity Investments shares are held by institutional investors. 22.3% of Getty Realty shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Retail Opportunity Investments shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Getty Realty beats Retail Opportunity Investments on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Getty Realty

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.

About Retail Opportunity Investments

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (ROIC) is a fully integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company specializes in the acquisition, ownership and management of necessity-based community and neighborhood shopping centers on the west coast of the United States, anchored by supermarkets and drugstores. Retail Opportunity Investments Partnership, LP is the operating partnership of the Company. The Operating Partnership holds substantially all the assets of the Company and directly or indirectly holds the ownership interests in the Company’s real estate ventures. The Operating Partnership conducts the operations of the Company’s business. As of September 30, 2017, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 87 properties totaling approximately 10.0 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). As of September 30, 2017, the Company’s portfolio was approximately 97.3% leased.

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