Analyzing Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (ROIC) and Its Peers

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ: ROIC) is one of 34 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. 13.92% 2.71% 1.31%
Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. Competitors 21.35% 5.12% 2.89%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. $254.96 million $162.92 million 58.37
Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. Competitors $711.68 million $472.02 million 29.20

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.. Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. 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.

Risk and Volatility

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.’s peers have a beta of 0.67, indicating that their average stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. 0 4 3 0 2.43
Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. Competitors 130 985 1113 22 2.46

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. currently has a consensus price target of $22.33, indicating a potential upside of 15.96%. As a group, “Retail REITs” companies have a potential upside of 12.76%. Given Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. is more favorable than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.9% of Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.7% of shares of all “Retail REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. pays out 227.3% 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 4.2% and pay out 143.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Summary

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. peers beat Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. Company Profile

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (ROIC) is a fully integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company specializes in the acquisition, ownership and management of necessity-based community and neighborhood shopping centers on the west coast of the United States, anchored by supermarkets and drugstores. Retail Opportunity Investments Partnership, LP is the operating partnership of the Company. The Operating Partnership holds substantially all the assets of the Company and directly or indirectly holds the ownership interests in the Company’s real estate ventures. The Operating Partnership conducts the operations of the Company’s business. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 82 properties (81 retail and one office) totaling approximately 9.4 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio was approximately 97.6% leased.

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