Saul Centers (NYSE: BFS) is one of 36 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Saul Centers to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Saul Centers and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Saul Centers 0 0 1 0 3.00
Saul Centers Competitors 156 1132 1255 22 2.45

As a group, “Retail REITs” companies have a potential upside of 11.70%. Given Saul Centers’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Saul Centers has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Saul Centers and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Saul Centers $217.07 million $45.27 million 37.57
Saul Centers Competitors $690.14 million $220.25 million 24.77

Saul Centers’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Saul Centers. Saul Centers 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.

Profitability

This table compares Saul Centers and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Saul Centers 21.42% 23.93% 3.44%
Saul Centers Competitors 21.90% 5.77% 2.81%

Risk and Volatility

Saul Centers has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Saul Centers’ competitors have a beta of 0.64, suggesting that their average share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

45.2% of Saul Centers shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.5% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 48.8% of Saul Centers shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Saul Centers pays an annual dividend of $2.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Saul Centers pays out 125.2% 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, “Retail REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.2% and pay out 149.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Saul Centers has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

Saul Centers competitors beat Saul Centers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Saul Centers Company Profile

Saul Centers, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust. The Company’s principal business activity is the ownership, management and development of income-producing properties. It operates through two segments: Shopping Centers and Mixed-Use Properties. The Company, which conducts all of its activities through its subsidiaries, the Saul Holdings Limited Partnership (Operating Partnership) and Subsidiary Partnerships, engages in the ownership, operation, management, leasing, acquisition, renovation, expansion, development and financing of community and neighborhood shopping centers and mixed-used properties in the Washington, District of Columbia/Baltimore metropolitan area. As of December 31, 2016, it properties (the Current Portfolio Properties) consisted of 49 shopping center properties (the Shopping Centers), six mixed-use properties, which consists of office, retail and multi-family residential uses (the Mixed-Use Properties) and three (non-operating) development properties.

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