Contrasting Safety Income & Growth (SAFE) and Sutherland Asset Management (SLD)

Safety Income & Growth (NYSE: SAFE) and Sutherland Asset Management (NYSE:SLD) are both small-cap diversified reits companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Safety Income & Growth and Sutherland Asset Management, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Safety Income & Growth 0 5 1 0 2.17
Sutherland Asset Management 0 1 2 0 2.67

Safety Income & Growth presently has a consensus price target of $20.58, indicating a potential upside of 17.13%. Sutherland Asset Management has a consensus price target of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.90%. Given Safety Income & Growth’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Safety Income & Growth is more favorable than Sutherland Asset Management.

Dividends

Sutherland Asset Management pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.6%. Safety Income & Growth does not pay a dividend. Sutherland Asset Management pays out 76.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Safety Income & Growth and Sutherland Asset Management’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Safety Income & Growth $21.74 million 14.70 $6.61 million N/A N/A
Sutherland Asset Management $99.73 million 4.94 $49.16 million $1.94 7.94

Sutherland Asset Management has higher revenue and earnings than Safety Income & Growth.

Profitability

This table compares Safety Income & Growth and Sutherland Asset Management’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Safety Income & Growth N/A N/A N/A
Sutherland Asset Management 42.78% 8.15% 1.79%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

40.3% of Safety Income & Growth shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.4% of Sutherland Asset Management shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Sutherland Asset Management shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Sutherland Asset Management beats Safety Income & Growth on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Safety Income & Growth

Safety, Income and Growth, Inc. is formed primarily to acquire, own, manage, finance and capitalize ground net leases (GNLs). The Company’s portfolio consists of 12 properties, which includes Doubletree Seattle Airport, One Ally Center, Hilton Salt Lake, Doubletree Mission Valley, Doubletree Sonoma, Doubletree Durango, Dallas Market Center: Sheraton Suites, Northside Forsyth Hospital Medical Center, NASA/JPSS Headquarters, The Buckler Apartments, Dallas Market Center: Marriott Courtyard and Lock Up Self Storage Facility.

About Sutherland Asset Management

Sutherland Asset Management Corporation, formerly ZAIS Financial Corp., is a diversified mortgage real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company originates, acquires, finances, services and manages small balance commercial loans (SBC) and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. The Company focuses on maintaining its existing residential mortgage origination platform, GMFS. The Company originates SBC and SBA loans through its ReadyCap subsidiaries. The Company also invests in asset-backed securities, where the underlying pool of assets consists primarily of SBC loans, and other real estate-related investments. The Company is managed and advised by Waterfall Asset Management, LLC.

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