American Assets Trust (AAT) versus Its Rivals Head-To-Head Analysis

American Assets Trust (NYSE: AAT) is one of 34 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare American Assets Trust to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

American Assets Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. American Assets Trust pays out 157.6% 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, “Retail REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.4% and pay out 144.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. American Assets Trust lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares American Assets Trust and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
American Assets Trust $298.95 million $168.82 million 60.32
American Assets Trust Competitors $727.99 million $483.06 million 28.32

American Assets Trust’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than American Assets Trust. American Assets Trust is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.8% of American Assets Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.2% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 34.2% of American Assets Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.3% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares American Assets Trust and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Assets Trust 10.93% 3.94% 1.61%
American Assets Trust Competitors 21.35% 5.12% 2.89%

Risk & Volatility

American Assets Trust has a beta of 0.51, meaning that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Assets Trust’s peers have a beta of 0.66, meaning that their average stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for American Assets Trust and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Assets Trust 0 1 1 0 2.50
American Assets Trust Competitors 261 1215 1184 24 2.36

American Assets Trust presently has a consensus target price of $47.00, indicating a potential upside of 18.06%. As a group, “Retail REITs” companies have a potential upside of 16.38%. Given American Assets Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe American Assets Trust is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

American Assets Trust peers beat American Assets Trust on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

American Assets Trust Company Profile

American Assets Trust, Inc. is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates, acquires and develops retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use properties in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii markets. The Company operates in four business segments: retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 11 retail shopping centers; seven office properties; a mixed-use property consisting of a 369-room all-suite hotel and a retail shopping center, and five multifamily properties. Additionally, as of December 31, 2016, the Company owned land at four of its properties that it classified as held for development and construction in progress. The Company’s markets include San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Oregon, Bellevue, Washington and Oahu, Hawaii.

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