Critical Survey: Winthrop Realty Trust (FUR) & EPR Properties (EPR)

Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE: FUR) and EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) are both financials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Winthrop Realty Trust and EPR Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Winthrop Realty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
EPR Properties 0 2 2 0 2.50

EPR Properties has a consensus price target of $78.80, indicating a potential upside of 11.73%. Given EPR Properties’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe EPR Properties is more favorable than Winthrop Realty Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Winthrop Realty Trust and EPR Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Winthrop Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A
EPR Properties 46.90% 10.51% 4.89%

Risk and Volatility

Winthrop Realty Trust has a beta of 0.66, suggesting that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EPR Properties has a beta of 0.59, suggesting that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Winthrop Realty Trust and EPR Properties’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Winthrop Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
EPR Properties $526.01 million 9.88 $461.10 million $3.40 20.74

EPR Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Winthrop Realty Trust.

Dividends

EPR Properties pays an annual dividend of $4.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. Winthrop Realty Trust does not pay a dividend. EPR Properties pays out 120.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Winthrop Realty Trust has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.1% of EPR Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of EPR Properties shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

EPR Properties beats Winthrop Realty Trust on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Winthrop Realty Trust Company Profile

Winthrop Realty Trust (Winthrop) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company conducts its business through its operating partnership, WRT Realty L.P. (Operating Partnership). The Company’s business is owning real property and real estate related assets. The Company has adopted a plan of liquidation. The Company is not permitted to make any new investments other than protective acquisitions or advances with respect to its existing assets, including providing seller financing to purchasers of its assets if it deems it prudent to facilitate the sale of such asset. It is permitted to satisfy any existing contractual obligations, including any capital call requirements and acquisitions or dispositions pursuant to buy-sell provisions under existing joint venture documentation. The Company holds approximately 10 consolidated operating properties, over 10 equity investments, approximately four loans receivable, one secured financing receivable and one loan security.

EPR Properties Company Profile

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust. The Company’s investment portfolio includes primarily entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s segments include Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels. The Education segment consists of investments in public charter schools, early education centers and K-12 private schools. The Recreation segment consists of investments in ski areas, waterparks, golf entertainment complexes and other recreation. The Other segment consists primarily of land under ground lease, property under development and land held for development. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s owned real estate portfolio of megaplex theatres consisted of approximately 10.6 million square feet.

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