Rexford Industrial Realty (NASDAQ: REXR) and DCT Industrial Trust (NYSE:DCT) are both financials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Rexford Industrial Realty and DCT Industrial Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rexford Industrial Realty 16.18% 1.96% 1.51%
DCT Industrial Trust 22.20% 4.73% 2.45%

Dividends

DCT Industrial Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Rexford Industrial Realty does not pay a dividend. DCT Industrial Trust pays out 125.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. DCT Industrial Trust has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.7% of DCT Industrial Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of DCT Industrial Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Rexford Industrial Realty and DCT Industrial Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rexford Industrial Realty $139.65 million 13.35 $81.70 million N/A N/A
DCT Industrial Trust $408.95 million 12.77 $278.55 million $0.99 57.35

DCT Industrial Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Rexford Industrial Realty.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Rexford Industrial Realty and DCT Industrial Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rexford Industrial Realty 0 2 3 0 2.60
DCT Industrial Trust 0 5 2 0 2.29

Rexford Industrial Realty presently has a consensus price target of $28.00, indicating a potential downside of 0.32%. DCT Industrial Trust has a consensus price target of $51.33, indicating a potential downside of 9.59%. Given Rexford Industrial Realty’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Rexford Industrial Realty is more favorable than DCT Industrial Trust.

Summary

DCT Industrial Trust beats Rexford Industrial Realty on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Rexford Industrial Realty

Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed full-service real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is focused on owning, operating and acquiring industrial properties in Southern California infill markets. Rexford Industrial Realty, L.P. is the operating partnership of the Company. Through its controlling interest in Operating Partnership and its subsidiaries, the Company owns, manages, leases, acquires and develops industrial real estate located in Southern California infill markets, and from time to time, acquires or provides mortgage debt secured by industrial property. As of July 19, 2017, the Company’s consolidated portfolio consisted of 142 properties with approximately 17.7 million rentable square feet. In addition, the Company managed an additional 19 properties with approximately 1.2 million rentable square feet.

About DCT Industrial Trust

DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (DCT) is an industrial real estate company. The Company specializes in the ownership, acquisition, development, leasing and management of bulk-distribution and light-industrial properties located in various distribution markets in the United States. The Company operates through three segments: East, Central and West. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned interests in approximately 74.0 million square feet of properties leased to various customers, including 64.7 million square feet consisting of 401 consolidated operating properties that were 97.2% occupied; 7.8 million square feet consisting of 23 unconsolidated properties that were 97.8% occupied; 0.3 million square feet consisting of three consolidated properties under redevelopment, and 1.2 million square feet consisting of four consolidated properties. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s total consolidated portfolio consisted of 408 properties with an average size of 162,000 square feet.

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