Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE: STOR) and Store Capital (NYSE:STOR) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Alexander & Baldwin and Store Capital, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alexander & Baldwin 0 0 1 0 3.00
Store Capital 0 5 5 0 2.50

Store Capital has a consensus price target of $27.60, suggesting a potential downside of 4.53%. Given Store Capital’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Store Capital is more favorable than Alexander & Baldwin.

Dividends

Store Capital pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Alexander & Baldwin does not pay a dividend. Store Capital pays out 72.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Alexander & Baldwin has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Store Capital has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Alexander & Baldwin has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Store Capital has a beta of 0.15, indicating that its share price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.9% of Alexander & Baldwin shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.0% of Store Capital shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.7% of Alexander & Baldwin shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Store Capital shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Alexander & Baldwin and Store Capital’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alexander & Baldwin 58.20% 6.28% 3.15%
Store Capital 37.26% 5.60% 3.03%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Alexander & Baldwin and Store Capital’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alexander & Baldwin $425.50 million 3.96 $228.30 million N/A N/A
Store Capital $452.85 million 13.12 $162.03 million $1.71 16.91

Alexander & Baldwin has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Store Capital.

Summary

Alexander & Baldwin beats Store Capital on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alexander & Baldwin Company Profile

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. is Hawai`i's premier commercial real estate company and the state's foremost owner of grocery-anchored retail centers. With a portfolio of approximately 87,000 acres in Hawai`i, A&B is the state's fourth largest private landowner. A&B is a fully integrated real estate investment trust and owns, operates and manages 3.3 million square feet of primarily retail and industrial space in Hawai`i. A&B's interests extend beyond commercial real estate into diversified agriculture, renewable energy, and land stewardship. A&B also is Hawai`i's largest construction materials company and paving contractor. Over its nearly 150-year history, A&B has evolved with the state's economy and played a lead role in the development of the agricultural, transportation, tourism, construction and real estate industries.

Store Capital Company Profile

STORE Capital Corporation is an internally managed net-lease real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is the leader in the acquisition, investment and management of Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, which is its target market and the inspiration for its name. STORE Capital is one of the largest and fastest growing net-lease REITs and owns a large, well-diversified portfolio that consists of investments in 2,084 property locations, substantially all of which are profit centers, in 49 states.

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