Excel Trust (NYSE: EXL) is one of 74 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Excel Trust to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.2% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Excel Trust and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Excel Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Excel Trust Competitors 634 2585 2152 24 2.29

As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 8.59%. Given Excel Trust’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Excel Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Excel Trust and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Excel Trust 9.45% 0.65% 0.88%
Excel Trust Competitors 52.92% 6.67% 3.81%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Excel Trust and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Excel Trust N/A N/A 60.92
Excel Trust Competitors $536.81 million $100.12 million 391.40

Excel Trust’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Excel Trust. Excel Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Excel Trust has a beta of 0.49, meaning that its share price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Excel Trust’s peers have a beta of 0.80, meaning that their average share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Excel Trust peers beat Excel Trust on 8 of the 8 factors compared.

Excel Trust Company Profile

Excel Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is a vertically integrated, self-administered, self-managed real estate firm with the principal objective of acquiring, financing, developing, leasing, owning and managing community and power centers, grocery anchored neighborhood centers and freestanding retail properties. It operates through three segments: retail properties, multi-family properties and office properties. It owns approximately 38 consolidated retail operating properties with a total of approximately 7.2 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). The multi-family segment consists of apartment units at one retail property, West Broad Village, which is located in Richmond, Virginia. The office segment consists of two properties, Excel Centre, a portion of which is utilized as its headquarters, and the Promenade Corporate Center. These office properties total approximately 338,339 square feet of GLA.

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