Head-To-Head Survey: SBA Communications (NASDAQ:SBAC) and Alexander’s (NASDAQ:ALX)

SBA Communications (NASDAQ:SBAC) and Alexander’s (NYSE:ALX) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares SBA Communications and Alexander’s’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SBA Communications 6.89% -4.16% 1.61%
Alexander’s 24.39% 20.30% 4.17%

Dividends

SBA Communications pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Alexander’s pays an annual dividend of $18.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. SBA Communications pays out 19.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

SBA Communications has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alexander’s has a beta of 0.35, meaning that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.6% of SBA Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 34.1% of Alexander’s shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of SBA Communications shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 26.0% of Alexander’s shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for SBA Communications and Alexander’s, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SBA Communications 0 7 3 0 2.30
Alexander’s 0 0 0 0 N/A

SBA Communications currently has a consensus target price of $248.30, indicating a potential upside of 6.96%. Given SBA Communications’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe SBA Communications is more favorable than Alexander’s.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SBA Communications and Alexander’s’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SBA Communications $1.87 billion 14.01 $47.45 million $7.60 30.54
Alexander’s $232.82 million 7.03 $32.84 million N/A N/A

SBA Communications has higher revenue and earnings than Alexander’s.

Summary

SBA Communications beats Alexander’s on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SBA Communications

SBA Communications Corporation is a first choice provider and leading owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in North, Central, and South America. By “Building Better Wireless,” SBA generates revenue from two primary businesses – site leasing and site development services. The primary focus of the Company is the leasing of antenna space on its multi-tenant communication sites to a variety of wireless service providers under long-term lease contracts.

About Alexander’s

Alexander’s, Inc. is a real estate investment trust, which engages in leasing, managing, development and redeveloping its properties. Its operating properties are located in the greater New York City metropolitan area. The company was founded on May 16, 1955 and is headquartered in Paramus, NJ.

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