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

Profitability

This table compares Equity One and New York REIT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Equity One 18.64% 3.82% 2.05%
New York REIT -51.49% -5.71% -2.70%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Equity One and New York REIT’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Equity One N/A N/A N/A $0.49 62.96
New York REIT $174.99 million 7.40 $52.35 million ($0.50) -15.42

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

Risk and Volatility

Equity One has a beta of 0.75, indicating that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, New York REIT has a beta of 0.76, indicating that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Equity One and New York REIT, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Equity One 0 1 0 0 2.00
New York REIT 0 0 1 0 3.00

New York REIT has a consensus target price of $9.75, indicating a potential upside of 26.46%. Given New York REIT’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe New York REIT is more favorable than Equity One.

Dividends

Equity One pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. New York REIT does not pay a dividend. 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. Equity One has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.0% of Equity One shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of New York REIT shares are owned by institutional investors. 35.9% of Equity One shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of New York REIT shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

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.

New York REIT Company Profile

New York REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company owns a portfolio of commercial real estate. The Company’s business is primarily conducted through New York Recovery Operating Partnership, L.P. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 19 properties, which aggregated 3.3 million rentable square feet. The Company holds interests in properties of various types, such as office, retail, hotel, parking and storage. The Company’s properties include Design Center, 416 Washington Street, 50 Varick Street, 1440 Broadway, One Worldwide Plaza, 256 West 38th Street, 229 West 36th Street, 333 West 34th Street, 367-387 Bleecker Street, 33 West 56th Street (garage) and 350 West 42nd Street.

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