Saul Centers (BFS) and Its Rivals Critical Review

Saul Centers (NYSE: BFS) is one of 34 public companies in the “Retail REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Saul Centers to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Saul Centers and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Saul Centers 21.15% 23.85% 3.42%
Saul Centers Competitors 21.35% 5.12% 2.89%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Saul Centers and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Saul Centers 0 1 1 0 2.50
Saul Centers Competitors 130 983 1113 22 2.46

Saul Centers currently has a consensus price target of $72.00, suggesting a potential upside of 11.91%. As a group, “Retail REITs” companies have a potential upside of 12.81%. Given Saul Centers’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Saul Centers has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Saul Centers pays an annual dividend of $2.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Saul Centers pays out 129.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Retail REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.2% and pay out 143.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Saul Centers has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

45.2% of Saul Centers shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.7% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 48.8% of Saul Centers shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Saul Centers has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Saul Centers’ rivals have a beta of 0.67, suggesting that their average stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Saul Centers and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Saul Centers $221.81 million $144.68 million 40.72
Saul Centers Competitors $711.68 million $472.02 million 29.20

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

Summary

Saul Centers rivals beat Saul Centers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Saul Centers Company Profile

Saul Centers, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust. The Company’s principal business activity is the ownership, management and development of income-producing properties. It operates through two segments: Shopping Centers and Mixed-Use Properties. The Company, which conducts all of its activities through its subsidiaries, the Saul Holdings Limited Partnership (Operating Partnership) and Subsidiary Partnerships, engages in the ownership, operation, management, leasing, acquisition, renovation, expansion, development and financing of community and neighborhood shopping centers and mixed-used properties in the Washington, District of Columbia/Baltimore metropolitan area. As of December 31, 2016, it properties (the Current Portfolio Properties) consisted of 49 shopping center properties (the Shopping Centers), six mixed-use properties, which consists of office, retail and multi-family residential uses (the Mixed-Use Properties) and three (non-operating) development properties.

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