CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH (CYS) versus Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (RPT) Critical Survey

CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH (NYSE:CYS) and Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.1% of CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH and Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH 0 1 0 0 2.00
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust 1 2 2 0 2.20

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust has a consensus price target of $13.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.01%.

Profitability

This table compares CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH and Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH N/A N/A N/A
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust 16.33% 5.47% 2.09%

Dividends

CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust pays out 64.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH and Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust $265.08 million 3.82 $69.06 million $1.36 9.28

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust has higher revenue and earnings than CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH.

Summary

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust beats CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CYS INVESTMENTS/SH SH

CYS Investments, Inc. operates as a specialty finance company in the United States. It invests in residential mortgage-backed securities that are issued, and the principal and interest of which are guaranteed by a federally chartered corporation; and debt securities issued by the United States Department of Treasury. The company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust. As a result, it would not be subject to corporate income tax on that portion of its net income that is distributed to shareholders. The company was formerly known as Cypress Sharpridge Investments, Inc. and changed its name to CYS Investments, Inc. in September 2011. CYS Investments, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

About Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust

RPT Realty owns and operates a national portfolio of open-air shopping destinations principally located in top U.S. markets. The Company's locally-curated consumer experiences reflect the lifestyles of its diverse neighborhoods and match the modern expectations of its retail partners. The Company is a fully integrated and self-administered REIT publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RPT. As of September 30, 2018, the Company's portfolio consisted of 57 shopping centers (including 1 shopping center owned through a joint venture) representing 13.8 million square feet. As of September 30, 2018, the Company's aggregate portfolio was 94.2% leased.

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