Head-To-Head Review: Redwood Trust (RWT) vs. The Competition

Redwood Trust (NYSE: RWT) is one of 38 public companies in the “Mortgage REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Redwood Trust to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Redwood Trust and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Redwood Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Redwood Trust Competitors 110 832 839 31 2.44

As a group, “Mortgage REITs” companies have a potential upside of 2.84%. Given Redwood Trust’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Redwood Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Redwood Trust and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Redwood Trust $215.70 million N/A 9.38
Redwood Trust Competitors $626.30 million $243.53 million 1.52

Redwood Trust’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Redwood Trust. Redwood Trust 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.

Profitability

This table compares Redwood Trust and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Redwood Trust 46.04% 12.02% 2.50%
Redwood Trust Competitors 49.20% 10.70% 2.78%

Dividends

Redwood Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.8%. Redwood Trust pays out 64.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Mortgage REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 10.1% and pay out 80.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Redwood Trust has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Redwood Trust’s rivals have a beta of 0.71, suggesting that their average stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.7% of Redwood Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.9% of shares of all “Mortgage REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Redwood Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of shares of all “Mortgage REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Redwood Trust rivals beat Redwood Trust on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

About Redwood Trust

Redwood Trust, Inc., through its subsidiaries, focuses on investing in mortgage and other real estate related assets. The Company is engaged in mortgage banking activities. The Company operates through three segments: Residential Investments, Residential Mortgage Banking and Commercial. The Residential Investments segment includes a portfolio of investments in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) retained from its Sequoia securitizations. The Residential Mortgage Banking segment consists of operating a mortgage loan conduit that acquires residential loans from third-party originators for subsequent sale, securitization, or transfer to its investment portfolio. Its Commercial segment consists of investments in multi-family securities and commercial mortgage-backed securities, as well as a remaining commercial loan investment following the sale of the remainder of its commercial mezzanine loan portfolio.

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