Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE: ARE) and Inland Real Estate (NYSE:IRC) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Alexandria Real Estate Equities and Inland Real Estate’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alexandria Real Estate Equities $1.02 billion 11.22 $639.55 million $0.40 305.66
Inland Real Estate N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Alexandria Real Estate Equities has higher revenue and earnings than Inland Real Estate.

Profitability

This table compares Alexandria Real Estate Equities and Inland Real Estate’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alexandria Real Estate Equities 9.45% 3.11% 1.49%
Inland Real Estate -0.49% -2.46% -0.06%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Alexandria Real Estate Equities and Inland Real Estate, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alexandria Real Estate Equities 0 0 3 0 3.00
Inland Real Estate 0 0 0 0 N/A

Alexandria Real Estate Equities presently has a consensus target price of $126.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.06%. Given Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Alexandria Real Estate Equities is more favorable than Inland Real Estate.

Dividends

Alexandria Real Estate Equities pays an annual dividend of $3.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Inland Real Estate does not pay a dividend. Alexandria Real Estate Equities pays out 860.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Alexandria Real Estate Equities beats Inland Real Estate on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. is a real estate investment (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of providing space for lease to the life science and technology industries. It focuses on collaborative life science and technology campuses. It develops urban cluster campuses and ecosystems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 199 properties in North America. As of December 31, 2016, its asset base in North America consisted of 25.2 million square feet, including 19.9 million rentable square feet/foot (RSF) of operating properties, and development and redevelopment of under construction or pre-construction, as well as 5.3 million square feet of future ground-up development projects. Its properties are located in various areas, including Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland and Research Triangle Park. Its properties include Alexandria Technology Square, Alexandria Park at 128 and Alexandria Technology Center-Gateway.

About Inland Real Estate

IRC Retail Centers, Inc., formerly Inland Real Estate Corporation, is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates and develops open-air neighborhood, community and power shopping centers and single tenant retail properties located throughout the Central and Southeastern United States. Through its subsidiaries, Inland Commercial Property Management, Inc. (ICPM) and Inland TRS Property Management, Inc., the Company manages all properties it owns interests in and properties for certain third parties and related parties. The Company owns investment properties located in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The Company owns interests in approximately 130 investment properties, including those owned through its unconsolidated joint ventures.

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