One Liberty Properties (NYSE: OLP) and American Assets Trust (NYSE:AAT) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.
This table compares One Liberty Properties and American Assets Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|One Liberty Properties||32.44%||8.31%||3.30%|
|American Assets Trust||10.90%||3.97%||1.58%|
One Liberty Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.9%. American Assets Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. One Liberty Properties pays out 137.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. American Assets Trust pays out 163.6% 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 has raised 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.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for One Liberty Properties and American Assets Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|One Liberty Properties||0||3||0||0||2.00|
|American Assets Trust||0||2||1||0||2.33|
One Liberty Properties presently has a consensus target price of $25.25, suggesting a potential downside of 2.58%. American Assets Trust has a consensus target price of $43.67, suggesting a potential upside of 14.19%. Given American Assets Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe American Assets Trust is more favorable than One Liberty Properties.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
41.2% of One Liberty Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.2% of American Assets Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.6% of One Liberty Properties shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 34.2% of American Assets Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Risk and Volatility
One Liberty Properties has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Assets Trust has a beta of 0.52, indicating that its share price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares One Liberty 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|
|One Liberty Properties||$70.59 million||6.90||$24.42 million||$1.31||19.79|
|American Assets Trust||$295.09 million||6.11||$45.63 million||$0.66||57.94|
American Assets Trust has higher revenue and earnings than One Liberty Properties. One Liberty 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.
One Liberty Properties beats American Assets Trust on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
About One Liberty Properties
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.
About American Assets Trust
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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