Gladstone Commercial (GOOD) versus Landmark Infrastructure Partners (LMRK) Head to Head Review

Gladstone Commercial (NASDAQ: GOOD) and Landmark Infrastructure Partners (NASDAQ:LMRK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Gladstone Commercial and Landmark Infrastructure Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gladstone Commercial 0 3 2 0 2.40
Landmark Infrastructure Partners 0 1 4 0 2.80

Gladstone Commercial presently has a consensus price target of $21.33, suggesting a potential upside of 22.04%. Landmark Infrastructure Partners has a consensus price target of $18.90, suggesting a potential upside of 18.05%. Given Gladstone Commercial’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Gladstone Commercial is more favorable than Landmark Infrastructure Partners.

Volatility and Risk

Gladstone Commercial has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Landmark Infrastructure Partners has a beta of 0.43, meaning that its stock price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

53.7% of Gladstone Commercial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.6% of Landmark Infrastructure Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Gladstone Commercial shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Landmark Infrastructure Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Gladstone Commercial and Landmark Infrastructure Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gladstone Commercial $94.80 million 5.24 $5.93 million $1.52 11.50
Landmark Infrastructure Partners $52.63 million 7.61 $19.25 million $0.65 24.63

Landmark Infrastructure Partners has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Gladstone Commercial. Gladstone Commercial is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Landmark Infrastructure Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Gladstone Commercial and Landmark Infrastructure Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gladstone Commercial 6.26% 2.36% 0.68%
Landmark Infrastructure Partners 26.99% 10.41% 2.48%

Dividends

Gladstone Commercial pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.6%. Landmark Infrastructure Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.47 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.2%. Gladstone Commercial pays out 98.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Landmark Infrastructure Partners pays out 226.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Landmark Infrastructure Partners beats Gladstone Commercial on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Gladstone Commercial

Gladstone Commercial Corporation is a real estate investment trust. The Company focuses on acquiring, owning and managing primarily office and industrial properties. The Company also makes long-term industrial and commercial mortgage loans. As of February 15, 2017, the Company owned 95 properties totaling 10.9 million square feet in 24 states. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were located in various states of the United States, such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado and New Jersey. The Company’s properties have tenants from various industries, such as telecommunications; healthcare; automobile; electronics; information technology; chemicals, plastics and rubber; containers, packaging and glass; personal and non-durable consumer products; machinery; banking; childcare; buildings and real estate; beverage, food and tobacco; printing and publishing; education; home and office furnishings, and oil and gas.

About Landmark Infrastructure Partners

Landmark Infrastructure Partners LP acquires, owns, and manages a portfolio of real property interests in the United States. The company leases real property interests to companies operating in the wireless communication, outdoor advertising, and renewable power industries. Landmark Infrastructure Partners GP LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in El Segundo, California.

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