Retail Properties of America (NYSE: RPAI) is one of 36 public companies in the “Retail REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Retail Properties of America to related companies based on the strength of its risk, dividends, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Retail Properties of America and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Retail Properties of America $583.14 million $166.81 million 19.51
Retail Properties of America Competitors $725.19 million $230.98 million 31.77

Retail Properties of America’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Retail Properties of America. Retail Properties of America is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Retail Properties of America has a beta of 0.48, indicating that its stock price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Retail Properties of America’s rivals have a beta of 0.66, indicating that their average stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Retail Properties of America and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Retail Properties of America 28.84% 7.61% 3.71%
Retail Properties of America Competitors 21.51% 6.15% 2.88%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Retail Properties of America and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Retail Properties of America 0 4 3 0 2.43
Retail Properties of America Competitors 143 1020 1121 21 2.44

Retail Properties of America presently has a consensus price target of $16.17, indicating a potential upside of 27.50%. As a group, “Retail REITs” companies have a potential upside of 15.51%. Given Retail Properties of America’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Retail Properties of America is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.1% of Retail Properties of America shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.8% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Retail Properties of America shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.4% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Retail Properties of America pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. Retail Properties of America pays out 101.5% 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 4.4% and pay out 147.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Retail Properties of America is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Retail Properties of America rivals beat Retail Properties of America on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Retail Properties of America

Retail Properties of America, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns and operates shopping centers located in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, it owned 156 retail operating properties representing 25,832,000 square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). Its retail operating portfolio includes neighborhood and community centers, power centers, and lifestyle centers and multi-tenant retail-focused mixed-use properties, as well as single-user retail properties. As of December 31, 2016, it had identified 10 target markets, including Dallas, Washington, District of Columbia/Baltimore, New York, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, San Antonio, Phoenix and Austin. Its properties include 23rd Street Plaza, Azalea Square I, Boulevard Plaza, Brown’s Lane, Cranberry Square, Denton Crossing, Dorman Center I & II, Edgemont Town Center, Edwards Multiplex, Green’s Corner, Home Depot Plaza, Lake Mary Pointe, Lincoln Park, University Town Center and Winchester Commons.

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