BRT Apartments (NYSE: BRT) and Clipper Realty (NYSE:CLPR) are both small-cap residential reits companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Dividends

BRT Apartments pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Clipper Realty pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. BRT Apartments pays out 73.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Clipper Realty pays out -190.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BRT Apartments and Clipper Realty’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BRT Apartments $105.77 million 1.75 $13.60 million $0.98 13.45
Clipper Realty $93.00 million 1.86 -$3.73 million ($0.20) -48.45

BRT Apartments has higher revenue and earnings than Clipper Realty. Clipper Realty is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than BRT Apartments, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

22.1% of BRT Apartments shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.1% of Clipper Realty shares are held by institutional investors. 41.9% of BRT Apartments shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for BRT Apartments and Clipper Realty, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BRT Apartments 0 1 2 0 2.67
Clipper Realty 0 0 4 0 3.00

BRT Apartments presently has a consensus price target of $11.92, suggesting a potential downside of 9.59%. Clipper Realty has a consensus price target of $15.67, suggesting a potential upside of 61.68%. Given Clipper Realty’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Clipper Realty is more favorable than BRT Apartments.

Profitability

This table compares BRT Apartments and Clipper Realty’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BRT Apartments 12.86% 6.00% 1.47%
Clipper Realty -2.66% -0.74% -0.13%

Summary

BRT Apartments beats Clipper Realty on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

BRT Apartments Company Profile

BRT Apartments Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust is focused on the ownership, operation and development of multi-family properties. These activities are primarily conducted through joint ventures in which the Trust has an equity interest in the entity owning the property. The Trust’s segments include Multi-Family Real Estate and Other Assets. The Multi-Family Real Estate segment includes the ownership, operation and development of multi-family properties. The Other Assets segment includes the ownership and operation of the Trust’s other real estate assets and a real estate loan. As of December 31, 2016, the Trust owned 30 multi-family properties with 8,624 units located in 11 states (including 271 units at a property in the lease up stage), and interests in two unconsolidated joint ventures. The Trust also owns and operates various other real estate assets.

Clipper Realty Company Profile

Clipper Realty, Inc. is a real estate investment trust, which acquires, owns, manages, operates and repositions multi-family residential and commercial properties in the New York metropolitan area, with a portfolio in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Company’s segments include Commercial and Residential. As of June 30, 2016, it owned two residential/retail rental properties at 50 Murray Street and 53 Park Place in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, referred to as the Tribeca House properties. As of June 30, 2016, it also owned a residential property complex in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn consisting of 59 buildings, referred to as the Flatbush Gardens properties or complex. As of June 30, 2016, it owned two primarily commercial properties in Downtown Brooklyn (one of which included 36 residential apartment units), referred to as the 141 Livingston Street property and the 250 Livingston Street property, and also owned the Aspen property.

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