Armada Hoffler Properties (NYSE: AHH) and One Liberty Properties (NYSE:OLP) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.
This table compares Armada Hoffler Properties and One Liberty Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Armada Hoffler Properties||8.04%||7.02%||2.58%|
|One Liberty Properties||29.14%||7.49%||2.92%|
This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Armada Hoffler Properties and One Liberty Properties, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Armada Hoffler Properties||0||2||4||0||2.67|
|One Liberty Properties||0||2||0||0||2.00|
Armada Hoffler Properties presently has a consensus price target of $14.75, indicating a potential upside of 8.38%. One Liberty Properties has a consensus price target of $24.75, indicating a potential upside of 2.87%. Given Armada Hoffler Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Armada Hoffler Properties is more favorable than One Liberty Properties.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Armada Hoffler Properties and One Liberty Properties’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Armada Hoffler Properties||$315.03 million||2.71||$65.61 million||$0.48||28.35|
|One Liberty Properties||$74.78 million||5.99||$48.43 million||$1.17||20.56|
Armada Hoffler Properties has higher revenue and earnings than One Liberty Properties. One Liberty Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Armada Hoffler Properties, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility and Risk
Armada Hoffler Properties has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, One Liberty Properties has a beta of 0.82, meaning that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Armada Hoffler Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. One Liberty Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.1%. Armada Hoffler Properties pays out 158.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. One Liberty Properties pays out 147.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Armada Hoffler Properties has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years and One Liberty Properties has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. One Liberty Properties is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
81.4% of Armada Hoffler Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.7% of One Liberty Properties shares are held by institutional investors. 20.9% of Armada Hoffler Properties shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.6% of One Liberty Properties shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
One Liberty Properties beats Armada Hoffler Properties on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
Armada Hoffler Properties Company Profile
Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc. is a real estate company. The Company is engaged in developing, building, owning and managing institutional-grade office, retail and multifamily properties in various markets throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. In addition to the ownership of its operating property portfolio, the Company develops and builds properties for its own account and through joint ventures between the Company and unaffiliated partners. It also provides general contracting services to third parties. Its construction and development experience includes mid- and high-rise office buildings, retail strip malls and retail power centers, multifamily apartment communities, hotels and conference centers, single- and multi-tenant industrial, distribution and manufacturing facilities, educational, medical and special purpose facilities, government projects, parking garages and mixed-use town centers.
One Liberty Properties Company Profile
One Liberty Properties, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company acquires, owns and manages a geographically diversified portfolio consisting of retail, industrial, flex, and health and fitness properties. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 114 properties and participated in joint ventures that own five properties. These 119 properties are located in 30 states and have an aggregate of approximately 10.1 million square feet (including an aggregate of approximately 1.2 million square feet at properties owned by its joint ventures). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s property locations included Fort Mill, South Carolina; Royersford, Pennsylvania; Round Rock, Texas; W.Hartford, Connecticut; Delport, Missouri; Brooklyn, New York City; Lakemoor, Illinois; Tucker, Georgia; Cedar Park, Texas; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Sandy Springs, Georgia; Wichita, Kansas; Melville, New York; Ronkonkoma, New York, and Niles, Illinois.
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