Contrasting Maxus Realty Trust (OTCMKTS:MRTI) and Manhattan Bridge Capital (OTCMKTS:LOAN)

Maxus Realty Trust (OTCMKTS:MRTI) and Manhattan Bridge Capital (NASDAQ:LOAN) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Maxus Realty Trust and Manhattan Bridge Capital’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maxus Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A
Manhattan Bridge Capital 60.04% 13.60% 7.79%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Maxus Realty Trust and Manhattan Bridge Capital, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maxus Realty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Manhattan Bridge Capital 0 0 1 0 3.00

Manhattan Bridge Capital has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.84%. Given Manhattan Bridge Capital’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Manhattan Bridge Capital is more favorable than Maxus Realty Trust.

Risk and Volatility

Maxus Realty Trust has a beta of 0.32, suggesting that its share price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manhattan Bridge Capital has a beta of 0.29, suggesting that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Maxus Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $7.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. Manhattan Bridge Capital pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.4%. Manhattan Bridge Capital has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Manhattan Bridge Capital is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

14.6% of Manhattan Bridge Capital shares are owned by institutional investors. 43.6% of Maxus Realty Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.2% of Manhattan Bridge Capital shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Maxus Realty Trust and Manhattan Bridge Capital’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maxus Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Manhattan Bridge Capital $7.22 million 8.64 $4.20 million N/A N/A

Manhattan Bridge Capital has higher revenue and earnings than Maxus Realty Trust.

Summary

Manhattan Bridge Capital beats Maxus Realty Trust on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Maxus Realty Trust

Maxus Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust REIT, makes equity investments in real estate properties in the United States. The company primarily invests in multifamily housing properties. As of June 30, 2005, it operated eight apartment communities. The company has elected to be treated as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and would not be subject to federal income tax, if it distributes at least 90 taxable income to its shareholders. The company, formerly known as Nooney Realty Trust, Inc., was founded in 1984. Maxus Realty is based in North Kansas City, Missouri.

About Manhattan Bridge Capital

Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc., a real estate finance company, originates, services, and manages a portfolio of first mortgage loans in the United States. It offers short-term, secured, and non-banking loans to real estate investors to fund their acquisition, renovation, rehabilitation, or enhancement of properties in the New York metropolitan area. The company's loans are principally secured by collateral consisting of real estate and accompanied by personal guarantees from the principals of the businesses. It qualifies as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes. The company generally would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Great Neck, New York.

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