Financial Analysis: Cedar Realty Trust (CDR) vs. AmREIT (AMRE)

Cedar Realty Trust (NYSE: CDR) and AmREIT (NYSE:AMRE) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Cedar Realty Trust and AmREIT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cedar Realty Trust 11.42% 4.18% 1.34%
AmREIT N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.6% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Cedar Realty Trust and AmREIT, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cedar Realty Trust 1 2 3 0 2.33
AmREIT 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cedar Realty Trust currently has a consensus price target of $5.75, suggesting a potential downside of 3.52%. Given Cedar Realty Trust’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Cedar Realty Trust is more favorable than AmREIT.

Dividends

Cedar Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. AmREIT does not pay a dividend. Cedar Realty Trust pays out -285.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cedar Realty Trust and AmREIT’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cedar Realty Trust $151.09 million 3.60 $8.94 million ($0.07) -85.14
AmREIT N/A N/A N/A $0.24 110.63

Cedar Realty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than AmREIT. Cedar Realty Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AmREIT, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Cedar Realty Trust beats AmREIT on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cedar Realty Trust

Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on ownership and operation of grocery-anchored shopping centers straddling the Washington District of Columbia (DC) to Boston corridor. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and managed a portfolio of 61 operating properties (excluding properties held for sale) totaling approximately 9.1 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). The Company focuses its investment activities on grocery-anchored shopping centers. The Company’s properties portfolio comprises 26 properties in Pennsylvania, eight properties in Massachusetts, seven properties in Connecticut, seven properties in Maryland / Washington, D.C, eight properties in Virginia, four properties in New Jersey and one property in New York. The Company’s 106 are going to expire in the year 2017. The Company conducts all of its businesses through the Cedar Realty Trust Partnership L.P. (the Operating Partnership).

About AmREIT

AmREIT, Inc. (AmREIT) is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns, operates, acquires and selectively develops and redevelops primarily neighborhood and community shopping centers located in high-traffic, densely populated, affluent areas with high barriers to entry. The Company’s shopping centers are anchored by national and local retailers, including supermarket chains, drug stores and other necessity-based retailers. In June 2013, AmREIT Inc announced that it has completed the acquisition of Fountain Oaks Shopping Center, a 160,600 square foot Kroger-anchored shopping center in the north Buckhead submarket of Atlanta, Georgia. Effective September 24, 2013, AmREIT Inc, through its AmREIT Realty Investment Corp subsidiary, acquired Woodlake Square Shopping Center, an owner and operator of shopping centers. In August 2014, AmREIT Inc completed the acquisition of Tuxedo Festival Shopping Center.

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