One Liberty Properties (NYSE: OLP) and Equity One (NYSE:EQY) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

41.7% of One Liberty Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of Equity One shares are held by institutional investors. 8.6% of One Liberty Properties shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 35.9% of Equity One shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares One Liberty Properties and Equity One’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
One Liberty Properties $74.78 million 5.91 $48.43 million $1.17 20.28
Equity One N/A N/A N/A $0.49 62.96

One Liberty Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Equity One. One Liberty Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Equity One, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for One Liberty Properties and Equity One, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
One Liberty Properties 0 2 0 0 2.00
Equity One 0 1 0 0 2.00

One Liberty Properties currently has a consensus price target of $24.75, indicating a potential upside of 4.30%. Given One Liberty Properties’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe One Liberty Properties is more favorable than Equity One.

Profitability

This table compares One Liberty Properties and Equity One’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
One Liberty Properties 29.14% 7.49% 2.92%
Equity One 18.64% 3.82% 2.05%

Risk and Volatility

One Liberty Properties has a beta of 0.82, meaning that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Equity One has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

One Liberty Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.2%. Equity One pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. One Liberty Properties pays out 147.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Equity One pays out 179.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. One Liberty Properties has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. One Liberty Properties is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

One Liberty Properties beats Equity One on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

One Liberty Properties Company Profile

One Liberty Properties, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company acquires, owns and manages a geographically diversified portfolio consisting of retail, industrial, flex, and health and fitness properties. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 114 properties and participated in joint ventures that own five properties. These 119 properties are located in 30 states and have an aggregate of approximately 10.1 million square feet (including an aggregate of approximately 1.2 million square feet at properties owned by its joint ventures). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s property locations included Fort Mill, South Carolina; Royersford, Pennsylvania; Round Rock, Texas; W.Hartford, Connecticut; Delport, Missouri; Brooklyn, New York City; Lakemoor, Illinois; Tucker, Georgia; Cedar Park, Texas; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Sandy Springs, Georgia; Wichita, Kansas; Melville, New York; Ronkonkoma, New York, and Niles, Illinois.

Equity One Company Profile

Equity One, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, manages, acquires, develops and redevelops shopping centers and retail properties located in supply constrained suburban and urban communities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 122 properties, including 101 retail properties and five non-retail properties totaling approximately 12.8 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), 10 development or redevelopment properties with approximately 2.3 million square feet of GLA, and six land parcels. Its retail occupancy excluding developments and redevelopments was 95.8% and included national, regional and local tenants as of December 31, 2016. In addition, the Company had joint venture interests in six retail properties and two office buildings totaling approximately 1.4 million square feet of GLA as of December 31, 2016.

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