Urstadt Biddle Properties (UBA) and American Assets Trust (AAT) Head-To-Head Analysis

Urstadt Biddle Properties (NYSE: UBA) and American Assets Trust (NYSE:AAT) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Urstadt Biddle Properties and American Assets Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Urstadt Biddle Properties 42.95% 13.19% 5.38%
American Assets Trust 10.90% 3.97% 1.58%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.1% of Urstadt Biddle Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.2% of American Assets Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 20.1% of Urstadt Biddle Properties shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 34.2% of American Assets Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Urstadt Biddle Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. American Assets Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Urstadt Biddle Properties pays out 122.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. American Assets Trust pays out 161.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Urstadt Biddle Properties has increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years. Urstadt Biddle Properties is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Urstadt Biddle Properties and American Assets Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Urstadt Biddle Properties $123.56 million 6.44 $52.93 million $0.88 22.97
American Assets Trust $295.09 million 5.81 $45.63 million $0.67 54.25

Urstadt Biddle Properties has higher earnings, but lower revenue than American Assets Trust. Urstadt Biddle Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than American Assets Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Urstadt Biddle Properties has a beta of 0.54, indicating that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Assets Trust has a beta of 0.52, indicating that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Urstadt Biddle Properties and American Assets Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Urstadt Biddle Properties 0 3 0 0 2.00
American Assets Trust 0 2 1 0 2.33

Urstadt Biddle Properties currently has a consensus target price of $21.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.38%. American Assets Trust has a consensus target price of $43.67, suggesting a potential upside of 20.13%. Given American Assets Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe American Assets Trust is more favorable than Urstadt Biddle Properties.

Summary

Urstadt Biddle Properties beats American Assets Trust on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Urstadt Biddle Properties Company Profile

Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. is a real estate investment trust, which is engaged in the acquisition, ownership and management of commercial real estate. The Company owns Ridgeway Shopping Center (Ridgeway) property, which is located in Stamford, Connecticut. Its segments include Ridgeway and All Other Operating Segments. Its primary business is the ownership of real estate investments with primary emphasis on properties in the metropolitan New York tri-state area outside of the City of New York. As of October 31, 2016, the Company’s properties consisted principally of neighborhood and community shopping centers and seven office buildings. As of March 30, 2017, the Company owned or had equity interests in 80 properties, including neighborhood and community shopping centers, office buildings, single tenant retail or restaurant properties and office/retail mixed-use properties located in four states throughout the United States.

American Assets Trust Company Profile

American Assets Trust, Inc. is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates, acquires and develops retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use properties in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii markets. The Company operates in four business segments: retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 11 retail shopping centers; seven office properties; a mixed-use property consisting of a 369-room all-suite hotel and a retail shopping center, and five multifamily properties. Additionally, as of December 31, 2016, the Company owned land at four of its properties that it classified as held for development and construction in progress. The Company’s markets include San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Oregon, Bellevue, Washington and Oahu, Hawaii.

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