Reviewing Alexander & Baldwin (ALEX) & Its Peers

Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE: ALEX) is one of 68 publicly-traded companies in the “Real Estate Development & Operations” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Alexander & Baldwin to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Alexander & Baldwin has a beta of 1.45, indicating that its share price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alexander & Baldwin’s peers have a beta of 0.80, indicating that their average share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Alexander & Baldwin and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alexander & Baldwin 0 0 1 0 3.00
Alexander & Baldwin Competitors 153 372 848 9 2.52

Alexander & Baldwin currently has a consensus target price of $50.00, indicating a potential upside of 81.03%. As a group, “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies have a potential upside of 72.59%. Given Alexander & Baldwin’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Alexander & Baldwin is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Alexander & Baldwin and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Alexander & Baldwin $387.50 million -$10.20 million 74.65
Alexander & Baldwin Competitors $419.19 million $31.78 million 1,164.55

Alexander & Baldwin’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Alexander & Baldwin. Alexander & Baldwin is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.2% of Alexander & Baldwin shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.8% of shares of all “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.6% of Alexander & Baldwin shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 41.1% of shares of all “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Alexander & Baldwin pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Alexander & Baldwin pays out 75.7% 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, “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 31.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Alexander & Baldwin has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Alexander & Baldwin lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Alexander & Baldwin and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alexander & Baldwin 4.15% 3.89% 2.18%
Alexander & Baldwin Competitors -2.82% -2.44% 1.18%

Summary

Alexander & Baldwin beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Alexander & Baldwin

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B) is a real estate company. The Company operates through three segments: Commercial Real Estate, Land Operations, and Materials and Construction. In addition to its 15 retail centers in Hawaii, the Company owned seven industrial assets, seven office properties and a portfolio of urban ground leases comprising 106 acres in Hawaii, as of December 31, 2016. On the United States mainland, the Company owned seven remaining commercial assets, as of December 31, 2016. The Commercial Real Estate segment owns, operates and manages retail, industrial and office properties in Hawaii and on the Mainland. The Land Operations segment manages the Company’s land and real estate-related assets and deploys these assets to their use. The Materials and Construction segment performs asphalt paving as prime contractor and subcontractor; imports and sells liquid asphalt; mines, processes and sells basalt aggregate, and produces and sells asphaltic and ready-mix concrete.

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