EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR) and Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group (NYSE:CXS) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares EPR Properties and Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EPR Properties 45.71% 10.01% 4.65%
Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

EPR Properties pays an annual dividend of $4.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.0%. Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group does not pay a dividend. EPR Properties pays out 121.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. EPR Properties has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.1% of EPR Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of EPR Properties shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for EPR Properties and Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EPR Properties 0 3 2 0 2.40
Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

EPR Properties currently has a consensus target price of $79.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.89%.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares EPR Properties and Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EPR Properties $493.24 million 10.18 $224.98 million $3.36 20.29
Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group N/A N/A N/A $0.83 N/A

EPR Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group. Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EPR Properties, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

EPR Properties beats Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

EPR Properties Company Profile

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust. The Company’s investment portfolio includes primarily entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s segments include Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels. The Education segment consists of investments in public charter schools, early education centers and K-12 private schools. The Recreation segment consists of investments in ski areas, waterparks, golf entertainment complexes and other recreation. The Other segment consists primarily of land under ground lease, property under development and land held for development. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s owned real estate portfolio of megaplex theatres consisted of approximately 10.6 million square feet.

Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group Company Profile

CreXus Investment Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is a commercial real estate company that acquires, manages, and finances, directly or through its subsidiaries, commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate debt, commercial real property, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), other commercial real estate-related assets and Agency residential mortgage-backed securities. The Company also engages in long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit transactions with companies in the United States. The Company is managed by Fixed Income Discount Advisory Company (FIDAC). FIDAC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (Annaly).

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