Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) is one of 85 public companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Whitestone REIT to related companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Whitestone REIT and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Whitestone REIT 4.36% 1.69% 0.54%
Whitestone REIT Competitors 45.76% 5.92% 3.27%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

43.7% of Whitestone REIT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.1% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of Whitestone REIT shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Whitestone REIT and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Whitestone REIT 1 1 2 0 2.25
Whitestone REIT Competitors 747 2725 2246 31 2.27

Whitestone REIT presently has a consensus price target of $14.67, suggesting a potential upside of 11.49%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.29%. Given Whitestone REIT’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Whitestone REIT is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Whitestone REIT and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Whitestone REIT $112.35 million $49.43 million 101.20
Whitestone REIT Competitors $460.20 million $291.73 million 31.97

Whitestone REIT’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Whitestone REIT. Whitestone REIT is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Whitestone REIT has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Whitestone REIT’s competitors have a beta of 0.81, indicating that their average share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Whitestone REIT pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.7%. Whitestone REIT pays out 877.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.0% and pay out 204.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Whitestone REIT competitors beat Whitestone REIT on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Whitestone REIT

Whitestone REIT is a real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged in owning and operating commercial properties in culturally diverse markets in various metropolitan areas. The Company’s acquisition targets are located in densely populated, culturally diverse neighborhoods, primarily in and around Austin, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Phoenix and San Antonio. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or held interests in 69 commercial properties, including 15 properties in Houston, five properties in Dallas-Fort Worth, three properties in San Antonio, four properties in Austin, 27 properties in the Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan areas, and one property in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties included Heritage Trace Plaza, Headquarters Village, La Mirada, The Marketplace at Central, Mercado at Scottsdale Ranch, Paradise Plaza, Parkside Village North, Pima Norte and Quinlan Crossing.

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