Financial Contrast: ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH (NYSE:NLY) vs. Regency Centers (NYSE:REG)

Regency Centers (NYSE:REG) and ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH (NYSE:NLY) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Regency Centers has a beta of 0.37, meaning that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH has a beta of 0.4, meaning that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Regency Centers pays an annual dividend of $2.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.8%. Regency Centers pays out 63.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH pays out 100.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Regency Centers and ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Regency Centers 23.19% 3.86% 2.29%
ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH -188.46% 11.66% 1.28%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Regency Centers and ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Regency Centers $984.33 million 10.96 $176.07 million $3.69 17.44
ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH $1.43 billion 9.37 $54.40 million $1.20 7.83

Regency Centers has higher earnings, but lower revenue than ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH. ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Regency Centers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.9% of Regency Centers shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.7% of ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Regency Centers shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Regency Centers and ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Regency Centers 0 4 4 0 2.50
ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH 0 1 5 0 2.83

Regency Centers currently has a consensus target price of $69.29, indicating a potential upside of 7.66%. ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH has a consensus target price of $10.08, indicating a potential upside of 7.27%. Given Regency Centers’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Regency Centers is more favorable than ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH.

Summary

Regency Centers beats ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Regency Centers

Regency Centers is the preeminent national owner, operator, and developer of shopping centers located in affluent and densely populated trade areas. Our portfolio includes thriving properties merchandised with highly productive grocers, restaurants, service providers, and best-in-class retailers that connect to their neighborhoods, communities, and customers. Operating as a fully integrated real estate company, Regency Centers is a qualified real estate investment trust (REIT) that is self-administered, self-managed, and an S&P 500 Index member.

About ANNALY CAP MGMT/SH

Annaly Capital Management, Inc., a diversified capital manager, invests in and finances residential and commercial assets. The company invests in various types of agency mortgage-backed securities, non-agency residential mortgage assets, and residential mortgage loans; and originates and invests in commercial mortgage loans, securities, and other commercial real estate investments. It also provides financing to private equity-backed middle market businesses; and operates as a broker-dealer. The company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT). As a REIT, it is not subject to federal income tax to the extent that it distributes its taxable income to its shareholders. Annaly Capital Management, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is based in New York, New York.

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