Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LPT) and Inland Real Estate (NYSE:IRC) are both financials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Liberty Property Trust and Inland Real Estate’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Property Trust $746.71 million 8.48 $356.81 million $2.37 18.11
Inland Real Estate N/A N/A N/A $0.10 106.00

Liberty Property Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Inland Real Estate. Liberty Property Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Inland Real Estate, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Liberty Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Inland Real Estate pays an annual dividend of $0.57 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. Liberty Property Trust pays out 67.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Inland Real Estate pays out 570.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Liberty Property Trust has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.3% of Liberty Property Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Liberty Property Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Property Trust and Inland Real Estate’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Property Trust 47.78% 11.41% 5.69%
Inland Real Estate -0.49% -2.46% -0.06%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Liberty Property Trust and Inland Real Estate, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Property Trust 1 5 2 0 2.13
Inland Real Estate 0 0 0 0 N/A

Liberty Property Trust currently has a consensus target price of $43.14, indicating a potential upside of 0.50%. Given Liberty Property Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Liberty Property Trust is more favorable than Inland Real Estate.

Summary

Liberty Property Trust beats Inland Real Estate on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Liberty Property Trust

Liberty Property Trust (the Trust) is a self-administered and self-managed Maryland real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust’s assets are owned directly or indirectly, and substantially all of the Trust’s operations are conducted directly or indirectly, by its subsidiary, Liberty Property Limited Partnership (the Operating Partnership). The Company’s segments include Carolinas/Richmond; Chicago/Milwaukee; Florida; Houston; Lehigh/Central PA; Minnesota; Philadelphia; Southeastern PA; United Kingdom, and Other, which includes Arizona; Atlanta; Cincinnati/Columbus/Indianapolis; Dallas; DC Metro; New Jersey; Southern California, and other. The Company owns and operates industrial properties nationally and owns and operates office properties in a focused group of office markets. Additionally, the Company owns certain assets in the United Kingdom. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 450 industrial and 55 office properties totaling 86.0 million square feet.

About Inland Real Estate

IRC Retail Centers, Inc., formerly Inland Real Estate Corporation, is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates and develops open-air neighborhood, community and power shopping centers and single tenant retail properties located throughout the Central and Southeastern United States. Through its subsidiaries, Inland Commercial Property Management, Inc. (ICPM) and Inland TRS Property Management, Inc., the Company manages all properties it owns interests in and properties for certain third parties and related parties. The Company owns investment properties located in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The Company owns interests in approximately 130 investment properties, including those owned through its unconsolidated joint ventures.

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