Whitestone REIT (WSR) & Its Peers Financial Comparison

Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) is one of 85 public companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Whitestone REIT to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Whitestone REIT and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Whitestone REIT 4.36% 1.69% 0.54%
Whitestone REIT Competitors 45.76% 5.92% 3.27%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Whitestone REIT and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Whitestone REIT 1 1 2 0 2.25
Whitestone REIT Competitors 747 2721 2245 31 2.27

Whitestone REIT currently has a consensus price target of $14.67, indicating a potential upside of 11.70%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.24%. Given Whitestone REIT’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Whitestone REIT is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Whitestone REIT and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Whitestone REIT $112.35 million $49.43 million 101.01
Whitestone REIT Competitors $460.20 million $291.73 million 31.98

Whitestone REIT’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Whitestone REIT. Whitestone REIT is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

43.8% of Whitestone REIT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.3% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of Whitestone REIT shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Whitestone REIT has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Whitestone REIT’s rivals have a beta of 0.81, suggesting that their average share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Whitestone REIT pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.7%. Whitestone REIT pays out 877.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.0% and pay out 204.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Whitestone REIT rivals beat Whitestone REIT on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Whitestone REIT

Whitestone REIT is a real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged in owning and operating commercial properties in culturally diverse markets in various metropolitan areas. The Company’s acquisition targets are located in densely populated, culturally diverse neighborhoods, primarily in and around Austin, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Phoenix and San Antonio. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or held interests in 69 commercial properties, including 15 properties in Houston, five properties in Dallas-Fort Worth, three properties in San Antonio, four properties in Austin, 27 properties in the Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan areas, and one property in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties included Heritage Trace Plaza, Headquarters Village, La Mirada, The Marketplace at Central, Mercado at Scottsdale Ranch, Paradise Plaza, Parkside Village North, Pima Norte and Quinlan Crossing.

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