One Liberty Properties (NYSE:OLP) and Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE:BXMT) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
40.6% of One Liberty Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.1% of Blackstone Mortgage Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 21.9% of One Liberty Properties shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Blackstone Mortgage Trust shares 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.
This table compares One Liberty Properties and Blackstone Mortgage Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|One Liberty Properties||23.26%||6.25%||2.46%|
|Blackstone Mortgage Trust||48.22%||9.73%||2.37%|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares One Liberty Properties and Blackstone Mortgage Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|One Liberty Properties||$79.13 million||6.98||$20.67 million||$2.13||13.17|
|Blackstone Mortgage Trust||$396.48 million||12.06||$285.07 million||$2.65||13.43|
Blackstone Mortgage Trust has higher revenue and earnings than One Liberty Properties. One Liberty Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Blackstone Mortgage Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
One Liberty Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Blackstone Mortgage Trust pays an annual dividend of $2.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. One Liberty Properties pays out 84.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Blackstone Mortgage Trust pays out 93.6% 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 increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.
Volatility and Risk
One Liberty Properties has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blackstone Mortgage Trust has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for One Liberty Properties and Blackstone Mortgage Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|One Liberty Properties||0||1||0||0||2.00|
|Blackstone Mortgage Trust||0||4||1||0||2.20|
One Liberty Properties presently has a consensus target price of $29.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.39%. Blackstone Mortgage Trust has a consensus target price of $34.17, indicating a potential downside of 4.03%. Given One Liberty Properties’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe One Liberty Properties is more favorable than Blackstone Mortgage Trust.
Blackstone Mortgage Trust beats One Liberty Properties on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
About One Liberty Properties
One Liberty is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust incorporated in Maryland in 1982. The Company acquires, owns and manages a geographically diversified portfolio consisting primarily of industrial, retail, restaurant, health and fitness, and theater properties. Many of these properties are subject to long term net leases under which the tenant is typically responsible for the property's real estate taxes, insurance and ordinary maintenance and repairs.
About Blackstone Mortgage Trust
Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc., a real estate finance company, originates senior loans collateralized by properties in North America, Europe, and Australia. The company operates as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes. It generally would not be subject to U.S. federal income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was formerly known as Capital Trust, Inc. and changed its name to Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. in May 2013. Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
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