Critical Comparison: Gecina (GECFF) versus American Assets Trust (AAT)

Gecina (OTCMKTS:GECFF) and American Assets Trust (NYSE:AAT) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and earnings.


American Assets Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Gecina does not pay a dividend. American Assets Trust pays out 58.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.9% of American Assets Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 37.9% of American Assets Trust shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Gecina and American Assets Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gecina $548.20 million 18.90 N/A N/A N/A
American Assets Trust $314.98 million 6.59 $40.13 million $1.92 22.90

American Assets Trust has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Gecina.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Gecina and American Assets Trust, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gecina 0 0 0 0 N/A
American Assets Trust 1 0 3 0 2.50

American Assets Trust has a consensus price target of $42.00, indicating a potential downside of 4.48%. Given American Assets Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe American Assets Trust is more favorable than Gecina.


This table compares Gecina and American Assets Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gecina N/A N/A N/A
American Assets Trust 6.09% 2.43% 0.91%

Volatility and Risk

Gecina has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Assets Trust has a beta of 0.35, indicating that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500.


American Assets Trust beats Gecina on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Gecina

Gecina owns, manages and develops property holdings worth 19.8 billion euros at end-June 2018, with nearly 93% located in the Paris Region. The Group is building its business around France's leading office portfolio and a diversification division with residential assets and student residences. Gecina has put sustainable innovation at the heart of its strategy to create value, anticipate its customers' expectations and invest while respecting the environment, thanks to the dedication and expertise of its staff. Gecina is a French real estate investment trust (SIIC) listed on Euronext Paris, and is part of the SBF 120, CAC Next 20, CAC Large 60, Euronext 100, FTSE4Good, DJSI Europe and World, Stoxx Global ESG Leaders and Vigeo indices. In line with its commitments to the community, Gecina has created a company foundation, which is focused on protecting the environment and supporting all forms of disability.

About American Assets Trust

American Assets Trust, Inc. (the “company”) is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust, or REIT, headquartered in San Diego, California. The company has over 50 years of experience in acquiring, improving, developing and managing premier retail, office and residential properties throughout the United States in some of the nation's most dynamic, high-barrier-to-entry markets primarily in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii. The company's retail portfolio comprises approximately 3.1 million rentable square feet, and its office portfolio comprises approximately 2.7 million square feet. In addition, the company owns one mixed-use property (including approximately 97,000 rentable square feet of retail space and a 369-room all-suite hotel) and 2,112 multifamily units. In 2011, the company was formed to succeed to the real estate business of American Assets, Inc., a privately held corporation founded in 1967 and, as such, has significant experience, long-standing relationships and extensive knowledge of its core markets, submarkets and asset classes.

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