Reviewing Stag Industrial (STAG) and Its Rivals

Stag Industrial (NYSE: STAG) is one of 13 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Stag Industrial to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

79.8% of Stag Industrial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.8% of shares of all “Industrial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Stag Industrial shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of shares of all “Industrial REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Stag Industrial pays an annual dividend of $1.41 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Stag Industrial pays out 256.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Industrial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.8% and pay out 106.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Stag Industrial has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Stag Industrial and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stag Industrial 18.96% 5.72% 2.54%
Stag Industrial Competitors 43.13% 5.64% 2.90%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Stag Industrial and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Stag Industrial $250.24 million $34.51 million 51.56
Stag Industrial Competitors $606.71 million $215.55 million 1,096.50

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

Risk & Volatility

Stag Industrial has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stag Industrial’s rivals have a beta of 1.07, meaning that their average stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Stag Industrial and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stag Industrial 0 1 5 0 2.83
Stag Industrial Competitors 56 502 494 5 2.42

Stag Industrial presently has a consensus target price of $28.30, suggesting a potential downside of 0.21%. As a group, “Industrial REITs” companies have a potential downside of 1.99%. Given Stag Industrial’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Stag Industrial is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Stag Industrial rivals beat Stag Industrial on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Stag Industrial

STAG Industrial, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company is focused on the acquisition, ownership, and operation of single-tenant, industrial properties across the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 314 buildings in 37 states with approximately 60.9 million rentable square feet, consisting of 243 warehouse/distribution buildings, 54 light manufacturing buildings, 16 flex/office buildings, and one building in redevelopment. The Company owns all of its properties and conducts its business primarily through STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P. (Operating Partnership). The Company invests in properties historically used for industrial, light manufacturing and commercial purposes. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were in various locations, such as Montgomery, Alabama; Rogers, Arkansas; Phoenix, Arizona; Sparks, Maryland; Camarillo, California, and Golden and Grand Junction in Colorado.

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