Analyzing Cedar Realty Trust (CDR) and Brixmor Property Group (BRX)

Cedar Realty Trust (NYSE: CDR) and Brixmor Property Group (NYSE:BRX) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Cedar Realty Trust has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brixmor Property Group has a beta of 0.52, indicating that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Cedar Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Brixmor Property Group pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Cedar Realty Trust pays out -285.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Brixmor Property Group pays out 103.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cedar Realty Trust has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.6% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.5% of Brixmor Property Group shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Brixmor Property Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Cedar Realty Trust and Brixmor Property Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cedar Realty Trust 11.42% 4.18% 1.34%
Brixmor Property Group 25.14% 11.08% 3.48%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Cedar Realty Trust and Brixmor Property Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cedar Realty Trust 1 2 3 0 2.33
Brixmor Property Group 0 7 2 0 2.22

Cedar Realty Trust currently has a consensus target price of $5.75, suggesting a potential upside of 5.89%. Brixmor Property Group has a consensus target price of $20.57, suggesting a potential upside of 20.16%. Given Brixmor Property Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Brixmor Property Group is more favorable than Cedar Realty Trust.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cedar Realty Trust and Brixmor Property Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cedar Realty Trust $151.09 million 3.28 $8.94 million ($0.07) -77.57
Brixmor Property Group $1.28 billion 4.09 $275.62 million $1.06 16.15

Brixmor Property Group has higher revenue and earnings than Cedar Realty Trust. Cedar Realty Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brixmor Property Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Brixmor Property Group beats Cedar Realty Trust on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cedar Realty Trust

Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on ownership and operation of grocery-anchored shopping centers straddling the Washington District of Columbia (DC) to Boston corridor. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and managed a portfolio of 61 operating properties (excluding properties held for sale) totaling approximately 9.1 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). The Company focuses its investment activities on grocery-anchored shopping centers. The Company’s properties portfolio comprises 26 properties in Pennsylvania, eight properties in Massachusetts, seven properties in Connecticut, seven properties in Maryland / Washington, D.C, eight properties in Virginia, four properties in New Jersey and one property in New York. The Company’s 106 are going to expire in the year 2017. The Company conducts all of its businesses through the Cedar Realty Trust Partnership L.P. (the Operating Partnership).

About Brixmor Property Group

Brixmor Property Group Inc. is an internally managed real estate investment trust. The Company conducts its operations primarily through Brixmor Operating Partnership LP and subsidiaries (collectively, the Operating Partnership). As of December 31, 2016, it owned interests in 512 shopping centers (the Portfolio) with approximately 86 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), including 511 shopping centers and one shopping center held through an unconsolidated joint venture. With an average shopping center size of 167,982 square feet as of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted predominantly of community and neighborhood shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were located in various states of the United States, such as Texas, Florida, California, New York, Illinois, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan, Connecticut, Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona, Delaware, West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

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