Head to Head Survey: General Growth Properties (GGP) & The Competition

General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP) is one of 35 public companies in the “Retail REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare General Growth Properties to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.2% of General Growth Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.4% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 35.6% of General Growth Properties shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

General Growth Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. General Growth Properties pays out 73.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Retail REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.3% and pay out 143.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. General Growth Properties has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares General Growth Properties and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
General Growth Properties 50.01% 13.57% 5.07%
General Growth Properties Competitors 21.24% 5.05% 2.86%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for General Growth Properties and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
General Growth Properties 1 5 4 0 2.30
General Growth Properties Competitors 132 989 1117 22 2.46

General Growth Properties presently has a consensus price target of $24.80, suggesting a potential upside of 17.15%. As a group, “Retail REITs” companies have a potential upside of 14.21%. Given General Growth Properties’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe General Growth Properties is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

General Growth Properties has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Growth Properties’ competitors have a beta of 0.67, meaning that their average stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares General Growth Properties and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
General Growth Properties $2.51 billion $1.76 billion 17.79
General Growth Properties Competitors $711.68 million $472.02 million 28.84

General Growth Properties has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. General Growth Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

General Growth Properties beats its competitors on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About General Growth Properties

GGP Inc. (GGP), formerly General Growth Properties, Inc., is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates as a holding company, which is engaged in the operation, development and management of retail and other rental properties, primarily regional malls. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned, either entirely or with joint venture partners, 127 retail properties located throughout the United States comprising approximately 125 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s retail properties included 200 Lafayette, The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Northridge Fashion Center, Brass Mill Center, Jordan Creek Town Center, Westroads Mall and Stonestown Galleria. The Company’s business is conducted through GGP Operating Partnership, LP (GGPOP), GGP Nimbus, LP (GGPN) and GGP Limited Partnership (GGPLP, and together with GGPN and GGPOP, the Operating Partnerships), subsidiaries of GGP.

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