Head-To-Head Contrast: Douglas Emmett (DEI) versus Excel Trust (EXL)

Douglas Emmett (NYSE: DEI) and Excel Trust (NYSE:EXL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Douglas Emmett and Excel Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Douglas Emmett $742.55 million 8.76 $85.39 million $0.53 72.38
Excel Trust N/A N/A N/A $0.26 60.92

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Douglas Emmett and Excel Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Douglas Emmett 2 7 2 0 2.00
Excel Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Douglas Emmett presently has a consensus target price of $41.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.88%. Given Douglas Emmett’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Douglas Emmett is more favorable than Excel Trust.

Risk and Volatility

Douglas Emmett has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Excel Trust has a beta of 0.49, meaning that its stock price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Douglas Emmett and Excel Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Douglas Emmett 11.29% 2.58% 1.08%
Excel Trust 9.45% 0.65% 0.88%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.7% of Douglas Emmett shares are held by institutional investors. 17.8% of Douglas Emmett shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Douglas Emmett pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Excel Trust does not pay a dividend. Douglas Emmett pays out 188.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Douglas Emmett has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.


Douglas Emmett beats Excel Trust on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Douglas Emmett Company Profile

Douglas Emmett, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is owner and operator of office and multifamily properties located in submarkets in Los Angeles and Honolulu. The Company operates through two segments: the acquisition, development, ownership and management of office real estate (Office Segment), and the acquisition, development, ownership and management of multifamily real estate (Multifamily Segment). The services for its Office segment include primarily rental of office space and other tenant services, including parking and storage space rental. The services for its Multifamily segment include primarily rental of apartments and other tenant services, including parking and storage space rental. It focuses on owning, acquiring developing and managing a substantial share of office properties and multifamily communities in neighborhoods.

Excel Trust Company Profile

Excel Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is a vertically integrated, self-administered, self-managed real estate firm with the principal objective of acquiring, financing, developing, leasing, owning and managing community and power centers, grocery anchored neighborhood centers and freestanding retail properties. It operates through three segments: retail properties, multi-family properties and office properties. It owns approximately 38 consolidated retail operating properties with a total of approximately 7.2 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). The multi-family segment consists of apartment units at one retail property, West Broad Village, which is located in Richmond, Virginia. The office segment consists of two properties, Excel Centre, a portion of which is utilized as its headquarters, and the Promenade Corporate Center. These office properties total approximately 338,339 square feet of GLA.

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