Lamar Advertising (NASDAQ:LAMR) and Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT (NYSE:EARN) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.4% of Lamar Advertising shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.5% of Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.0% of Lamar Advertising shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Lamar Advertising and Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lamar Advertising 16.38% 23.81% 4.53%
Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT 226.14% 7.70% 0.82%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Lamar Advertising and Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lamar Advertising 0 4 1 0 2.20
Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT 0 1 0 0 2.00

Lamar Advertising presently has a consensus price target of $67.17, indicating a potential upside of 0.67%. Given Lamar Advertising’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Lamar Advertising is more favorable than Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT.

Dividends

Lamar Advertising pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.6%. Lamar Advertising pays out 34.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lamar Advertising has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years and Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Lamar Advertising has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT has a beta of 1.85, suggesting that its stock price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lamar Advertising and Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lamar Advertising $1.75 billion 3.84 $372.11 million $5.80 11.50
Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT $8.57 million 16.72 $22.26 million N/A N/A

Lamar Advertising has higher revenue and earnings than Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT.

Summary

Lamar Advertising beats Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lamar Advertising Company Profile

Founded in 1902, Lamar Advertising (Nasdaq: LAMR) is one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in North America, with approximately 360,000 displays across the United States and Canada. Lamar offers advertisers a variety of billboard, interstate logo, transit and airport advertising formats, helping both local businesses and national brands reach broad audiences every day. In addition to its more traditional out-of-home inventory, Lamar is proud to offer its customers the largest network of digital billboards in the United States with over 3,100 displays.

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT Company Profile

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT, a real estate investment trust, specializes in acquiring, investing in, and managing residential mortgage-and real estate-related assets. It acquires and manages residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), including agency pools and agency collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs); and non-agency RMBS comprising non-agency CMOs, such as investment grade and non-investment grade. The company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust. As a result, it would not be subject to corporate income tax on that portion of its net income that is distributed to shareholders. Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT was founded in 2012 and is based in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

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