Comparing AmREIT (AMRE) and Macerich (MAC)

Macerich (NYSE: MAC) and AmREIT (NYSE:AMRE) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Dividends

Macerich pays an annual dividend of $2.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. AmREIT does not pay a dividend. Macerich pays out 290.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Macerich has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.1% of Macerich shares are held by institutional investors. 3.8% of Macerich shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Macerich and AmREIT’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Macerich $993.66 million 7.94 $146.13 million $1.02 54.92
AmREIT N/A N/A N/A $0.24 110.63

Macerich has higher revenue and earnings than AmREIT. Macerich is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AmREIT, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Macerich and AmREIT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Macerich 14.71% 3.91% 1.66%
AmREIT N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Macerich and AmREIT, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Macerich 1 10 4 0 2.20
AmREIT 0 0 0 0 N/A

Macerich presently has a consensus price target of $65.39, suggesting a potential upside of 16.73%. Given Macerich’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Macerich is more favorable than AmREIT.

Summary

Macerich beats AmREIT on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Macerich

The Macerich Company is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is involved in the acquisition, ownership, development, redevelopment, management and leasing of regional and community/power shopping centers located throughout the United States. The Company owns ownership interests in, The Macerich Partnership, L.P. (the Operating Partnership). As of December 31, 2016, the Company, through its operating partnership, had ownership interests in 50 regional shopping centers and seven community/power shopping centers. These 57 regional and community/power shopping centers consisted of approximately 56 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), as of December 31, 2016. The Company’s properties include Danbury Fair Mall, Desert Sky Mall, Fresno Fashion Fair, NorthPark Mall, Oaks, The, Towne Mall, Valley Mall, Arrowhead Towne Center, Deptford Mall and South Plains Mall.

About AmREIT

AmREIT, Inc. (AmREIT) is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns, operates, acquires and selectively develops and redevelops primarily neighborhood and community shopping centers located in high-traffic, densely populated, affluent areas with high barriers to entry. The Company’s shopping centers are anchored by national and local retailers, including supermarket chains, drug stores and other necessity-based retailers. In June 2013, AmREIT Inc announced that it has completed the acquisition of Fountain Oaks Shopping Center, a 160,600 square foot Kroger-anchored shopping center in the north Buckhead submarket of Atlanta, Georgia. Effective September 24, 2013, AmREIT Inc, through its AmREIT Realty Investment Corp subsidiary, acquired Woodlake Square Shopping Center, an owner and operator of shopping centers. In August 2014, AmREIT Inc completed the acquisition of Tuxedo Festival Shopping Center.

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