Head-To-Head Review: Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE) & Its Peers

Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE: ARE) is one of 75 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Alexandria Real Estate Equities to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Alexandria Real Estate Equities and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Alexandria Real Estate Equities $921.71 million -$65.90 million 145.65
Alexandria Real Estate Equities Competitors $537.26 million $100.34 million 444.73

Alexandria Real Estate Equities has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Alexandria Real Estate Equities is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Alexandria Real Estate Equities pays an annual dividend of $3.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Alexandria Real Estate Equities pays out 390.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.0% and pay out 93.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Alexandria Real Estate Equities lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Alexandria Real Estate Equities and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alexandria Real Estate Equities 13.21% 3.69% 1.83%
Alexandria Real Estate Equities Competitors 48.67% 6.47% 3.69%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Alexandria Real Estate Equities and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alexandria Real Estate Equities 0 2 4 0 2.67
Alexandria Real Estate Equities Competitors 587 2335 2161 23 2.32

Alexandria Real Estate Equities presently has a consensus price target of $108.80, indicating a potential downside of 15.11%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.57%. Given Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Alexandria Real Estate Equities has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

73.2% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Alexandria Real Estate Equities shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ rivals have a beta of 0.77, suggesting that their average stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Alexandria Real Estate Equities rivals beat Alexandria Real Estate Equities on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities Company Profile

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. is a real estate investment (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of providing space for lease to the life science and technology industries. It focuses on collaborative life science and technology campuses. It develops urban cluster campuses and ecosystems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 199 properties in North America. As of December 31, 2016, its asset base in North America consisted of 25.2 million square feet, including 19.9 million rentable square feet/foot (RSF) of operating properties, and development and redevelopment of under construction or pre-construction, as well as 5.3 million square feet of future ground-up development projects. Its properties are located in various areas, including Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland and Research Triangle Park. Its properties include Alexandria Technology Square, Alexandria Park at 128 and Alexandria Technology Center-Gateway.

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