Head-To-Head Survey: Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust (NASDAQ:WHLR) & Highwoods Properties (NYSE:HIW)

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust (NASDAQ:WHLR) and Highwoods Properties (NYSE:HIW) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust has a beta of 3.35, suggesting that its stock price is 235% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Highwoods Properties has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

25.7% of Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.7% of Highwoods Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.7% of Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Highwoods Properties shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust and Highwoods Properties’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust $61.00 million 0.84 $250,000.00 N/A N/A
Highwoods Properties $736.90 million 6.85 $347.40 million $3.58 13.56

Highwoods Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust and Highwoods Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Highwoods Properties 0 2 4 0 2.67

Highwoods Properties has a consensus price target of $44.00, suggesting a potential downside of 9.33%. Given Highwoods Properties’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Highwoods Properties is more favorable than Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust and Highwoods Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust -3.22% -1.19% -0.40%
Highwoods Properties 29.56% 9.28% 4.16%

Summary

Highwoods Properties beats Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust Company Profile

Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ: WHLR ) is a fully integrated, self-managed commercial real estate investment company focused on owning and operating income-producing retail properties with a primary focus on grocery-anchored centers.

Highwoods Properties Company Profile

Highwoods Properties, Inc., headquartered in Raleigh, is a publicly-traded (NYSE:HIW) real estate investment trust (ÂREITÂ) and a member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index. Highwoods is a fully-integrated office REIT that owns, develops, acquires, leases and manages properties primarily in the best business districts (BBDs) of Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond and Tampa.

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