Clipper Realty (NYSE: CLPR) and Sun Communities (NYSE:SUI) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and dividends.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Clipper Realty and Sun Communities’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Clipper Realty||$93.00 million||1.71||-$3.73 million||($0.20)||-44.70|
|Sun Communities||$982.57 million||7.22||$81.81 million||$0.85||104.67|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
57.4% of Clipper Realty shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.0% of Sun Communities shares are held by institutional investors. 4.2% of Sun Communities shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Clipper Realty pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Sun Communities pays an annual dividend of $2.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Clipper Realty pays out -190.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Sun Communities pays out 315.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Clipper Realty is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Clipper Realty and Sun Communities, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Clipper Realty currently has a consensus price target of $15.75, indicating a potential upside of 76.17%. Sun Communities has a consensus price target of $92.17, indicating a potential upside of 3.59%. Given Clipper Realty’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Clipper Realty is more favorable than Sun Communities.
This table compares Clipper Realty and Sun Communities’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Sun Communities beats Clipper Realty on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
Clipper Realty Company Profile
Clipper Realty, Inc. is a real estate investment trust, which acquires, owns, manages, operates and repositions multi-family residential and commercial properties in the New York metropolitan area, with a portfolio in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Company’s segments include Commercial and Residential. As of June 30, 2016, it owned two residential/retail rental properties at 50 Murray Street and 53 Park Place in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, referred to as the Tribeca House properties. As of June 30, 2016, it also owned a residential property complex in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn consisting of 59 buildings, referred to as the Flatbush Gardens properties or complex. As of June 30, 2016, it owned two primarily commercial properties in Downtown Brooklyn (one of which included 36 residential apartment units), referred to as the 141 Livingston Street property and the 250 Livingston Street property, and also owned the Aspen property.
Sun Communities Company Profile
Sun Communities, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is a fully integrated real estate company, which, together with its affiliates and predecessors, has been in the business of acquiring, operating, developing, and expanding manufactured housing (MH) and recreational vehicle (RV). As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated or had an interest in a portfolio of properties located throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada, including 226 MH communities, 87 RV communities, and 28 properties containing both MH and RV sites. The Company operates through two segments: Real Property Operations and Home Sales and Rentals. The Real Property Operations segment owns, operates, or has an interest in a portfolio, and develops MH communities and RV communities throughout the United States and is in the business of acquiring, operating, and expanding MH and RV communities.
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