Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE:ALEX) and First Industrial Realty Trust (NYSE:FR) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Alexander & Baldwin and First Industrial Realty Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alexander & Baldwin 0 0 0 0 N/A
First Industrial Realty Trust 0 3 3 0 2.50

First Industrial Realty Trust has a consensus price target of $30.13, indicating a potential downside of 22.30%. Given First Industrial Realty Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe First Industrial Realty Trust is more favorable than Alexander & Baldwin.

Dividends

Alexander & Baldwin pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. First Industrial Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. First Industrial Realty Trust pays out 57.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Alexander & Baldwin has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years and First Industrial Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.0% of Alexander & Baldwin shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.9% of First Industrial Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 6.4% of Alexander & Baldwin shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of First Industrial Realty Trust 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.

Profitability

This table compares Alexander & Baldwin and First Industrial Realty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alexander & Baldwin -17.28% -9.07% -5.03%
First Industrial Realty Trust 35.11% 8.70% 4.58%

Volatility and Risk

Alexander & Baldwin has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Industrial Realty Trust has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Alexander & Baldwin and First Industrial Realty Trust’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alexander & Baldwin $644.40 million 2.59 -$72.00 million N/A N/A
First Industrial Realty Trust $403.95 million 12.14 $163.23 million $1.60 24.23

First Industrial Realty Trust has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Alexander & Baldwin.

Summary

First Industrial Realty Trust beats Alexander & Baldwin on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Alexander & Baldwin

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. is Hawai`i's premier commercial real estate company and the state's foremost owner of grocery-anchored retail centers. A&B is a fully integrated real estate investment trust and owns, operates and manages approximately 3.5 million square feet of primarily retail and industrial space in Hawai`i, and is a major landowner in the state. A&B's interests extend beyond commercial real estate into renewable energy and land stewardship. A&B is also a construction materials company and paving contractor in Hawai`i. 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.

About First Industrial Realty Trust

First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) is a leading fully integrated owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate with a track record of providing industry-leading customer service to multinational corporations and regional customers. Across major markets in the United States, our local market experts manage, lease, buy, (re)develop, and sell bulk and regional distribution centers, light industrial, and other industrial facility types. In total, we own and have under development approximately 67.1 million square feet of industrial space as of March 31, 2019.

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