Head-To-Head Survey: Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) vs. Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR)

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Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) and Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Whitestone REIT has a beta of 1, suggesting that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, Equity Residential has a beta of 0.42, suggesting that its share price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Whitestone REIT and Equity Residential, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Whitestone REIT 0 1 2 0 2.67
Equity Residential 3 6 2 0 1.91

Whitestone REIT presently has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.82%. Equity Residential has a consensus price target of $81.64, suggesting a potential downside of 2.64%. Given Whitestone REIT’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Whitestone REIT is more favorable than Equity Residential.

Profitability

This table compares Whitestone REIT and Equity Residential’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Whitestone REIT 13.75% 4.55% 1.54%
Equity Residential 29.88% 7.73% 3.84%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Whitestone REIT and Equity Residential’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Whitestone REIT $119.86 million 4.66 $21.43 million $1.16 11.85
Equity Residential $2.58 billion 12.08 $657.53 million $3.25 25.80

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

56.1% of Whitestone REIT shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.9% of Equity Residential shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.6% of Whitestone REIT shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of Equity Residential shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Whitestone REIT pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.3%. Equity Residential pays an annual dividend of $2.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Whitestone REIT pays out 98.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Equity Residential pays out 69.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Equity Residential beats Whitestone REIT on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Whitestone REIT Company Profile

Whitestone is a community-centered retail REIT that acquires, owns, manages, develops and redevelops high quality "E-Commerce resistant" neighborhood, community and lifestyle retail centers principally located in the largest, fastest growing and most affluent markets in the Sunbelt. Whitestone's optimal mix of national, regional and local tenants provides daily necessities, needed services and entertainment to the communities in which they are located. Whitestone's properties are primarily located in business-friendly Phoenix, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, which are among the fastest growing U.S. population centers with highly educated workforces, high household incomes and strong job growth. As of December 31, 2018, Whitestone's total shareholder return ranks #2 of 17, #1 of 17, and #2 of 16, of the U.S. public shopping center REITs for the one-year, three-year, and five-year periods, respectively.

Equity Residential Company Profile

Equity Residential is an S&P 500 company focused on the acquisition, development and management of rental apartment properties located in urban and high-density suburban markets where today's renters want to live, work and play. Equity Residential owns or has investments in 307 properties consisting of 79,482 apartment units, primarily located in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Francisco, Southern California and Denver.

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