Contrasting Farmland Partners (FPI) & OUTFRONT Media (OUT)

Farmland Partners (NYSE: FPI) and OUTFRONT Media (NYSE:OUT) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Farmland Partners and OUTFRONT Media’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Farmland Partners 15.89% 2.12% 0.79%
OUTFRONT Media 7.71% 9.57% 3.12%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Farmland Partners and OUTFRONT Media, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Farmland Partners 0 4 1 0 2.20
OUTFRONT Media 0 2 4 0 2.67

Farmland Partners currently has a consensus price target of $9.94, indicating a potential upside of 10.42%. OUTFRONT Media has a consensus price target of $30.17, indicating a potential upside of 25.64%. Given OUTFRONT Media’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe OUTFRONT Media is more favorable than Farmland Partners.

Dividends

Farmland Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.51 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.7%. OUTFRONT Media pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.0%. Farmland Partners pays out 268.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. OUTFRONT Media pays out 171.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Farmland Partners has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years. OUTFRONT Media is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Farmland Partners has a beta of 0.17, meaning that its share price is 83% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OUTFRONT Media has a beta of 1.15, meaning that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

39.2% of Farmland Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.8% of OUTFRONT Media shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Farmland Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of OUTFRONT Media shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Farmland Partners and OUTFRONT Media’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Farmland Partners $31.00 million 9.39 $4.30 million $0.19 47.37
OUTFRONT Media $1.51 billion 2.20 $90.90 million $0.84 28.58

OUTFRONT Media has higher revenue and earnings than Farmland Partners. OUTFRONT Media is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Farmland Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

OUTFRONT Media beats Farmland Partners on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Farmland Partners

Farmland Partners, Inc. is an internally managed real estate company. The Company owns and seeks to acquire farmland located in agricultural markets throughout North America. The Company is the sole member of the general partner of Farmland Partners Operating Partnership, LP (the Operating Partnership). All of the Company’s assets are held by, and its operations are primarily conducted through, the Operating Partnership and the subsidiaries of the Operating Partnership. The Company’s principal investment focus is on farmland located in agricultural markets throughout North America, however, it may seek to acquire farmland outside of North America. It also may acquire properties related to farming, such as grain storage facilities, grain elevators, feedlots, cold storage facilities, processing plants and distribution centers, as well as livestock farms or ranches. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned approximately 115,489 acres, as well as eight grain storage facilities.

About OUTFRONT Media

OUTFRONT Media Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT), which provides advertising space (displays) on out-of-home advertising structures and sites in the United States and Canada. The Company’s segments are U.S. Media and Other. The U.S. Media segment includes U.S. Billboard and Transit. The Other segment includes International and Sports Marketing. The Company’s inventory consists of billboard displays, which are primarily located on the heavily traveled highways and roadways in Nielsen Designated Market Areas (DMAs), and transit advertising displays operated under multi-year contracts with municipalities in cities across the United States and Canada. The Company also has marketing and multimedia rights agreements with colleges, universities and other educational institutions, which entitle the Company to operate on-campus advertising displays, as well as manage marketing opportunities, media rights and experiential entertainment at sports events.

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