Equity One (NYSE: EQY) and Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) are both financials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.
This table compares Equity One and Whitestone REIT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Equity One has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Whitestone REIT has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
64.0% of Equity One shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.7% of Whitestone REIT shares are held by institutional investors. 35.9% of Equity One shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of Whitestone REIT shares 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.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Equity One and Whitestone REIT’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Whitestone REIT||$104.44 million||4.52||$7.93 million||$0.17||72.12|
Whitestone REIT has higher revenue and earnings than Equity One. Equity One is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Whitestone REIT, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Equity One and Whitestone REIT, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Whitestone REIT has a consensus target price of $14.40, suggesting a potential upside of 17.46%. Given Whitestone REIT’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Whitestone REIT is more favorable than Equity One.
Equity One pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Whitestone REIT pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.3%. Equity One pays out 146.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Whitestone REIT pays out 670.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
Equity One beats Whitestone REIT on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
Equity One Company Profile
Equity One, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, manages, acquires, develops and redevelops shopping centers and retail properties located in supply constrained suburban and urban communities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 122 properties, including 101 retail properties and five non-retail properties totaling approximately 12.8 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), 10 development or redevelopment properties with approximately 2.3 million square feet of GLA, and six land parcels. Its retail occupancy excluding developments and redevelopments was 95.8% and included national, regional and local tenants as of December 31, 2016. In addition, the Company had joint venture interests in six retail properties and two office buildings totaling approximately 1.4 million square feet of GLA as of December 31, 2016.
Whitestone REIT Company Profile
Whitestone REIT is a real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged in owning and operating commercial properties in culturally diverse markets in various metropolitan areas. The Company’s acquisition targets are located in densely populated, culturally diverse neighborhoods, primarily in and around Austin, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Phoenix and San Antonio. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or held interests in 69 commercial properties, including 15 properties in Houston, five properties in Dallas-Fort Worth, three properties in San Antonio, four properties in Austin, 27 properties in the Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan areas, and one property in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties included Heritage Trace Plaza, Headquarters Village, La Mirada, The Marketplace at Central, Mercado at Scottsdale Ranch, Paradise Plaza, Parkside Village North, Pima Norte and Quinlan Crossing.
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