Critical Survey: Investors Real Estate Trust Reit (IRET) versus Hammerson (HMSNF)

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Investors Real Estate Trust Reit (NYSE:IRET) and Hammerson (OTCMKTS:HMSNF) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Investors Real Estate Trust Reit and Hammerson’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Investors Real Estate Trust Reit 63.45% -5.78% -2.42%
Hammerson N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Investors Real Estate Trust Reit pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Hammerson does not pay a dividend. Investors Real Estate Trust Reit pays out 73.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Investors Real Estate Trust Reit and Hammerson, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Investors Real Estate Trust Reit 0 1 1 0 2.50
Hammerson 1 4 1 0 2.00

Volatility and Risk

Investors Real Estate Trust Reit has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hammerson has a beta of 0.81, suggesting that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.6% of Investors Real Estate Trust Reit shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Investors Real Estate Trust Reit shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Investors Real Estate Trust Reit and Hammerson’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Investors Real Estate Trust Reit $169.74 million 4.10 $116.78 million $3.80 15.29
Hammerson $320.69 million 12.04 N/A N/A N/A

Investors Real Estate Trust Reit has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Hammerson.

Summary

Investors Real Estate Trust Reit beats Hammerson on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Investors Real Estate Trust Reit

IRET is a real estate company focused on the ownership, management, acquisition, redevelopment, and development of apartment communities. As of December 31, 2018, IRET owned interests in 87 apartment communities consisting of 13,702 apartment homes. IRET's common shares and Series C preferred shares are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE symbols: IRET and IRET PRC, respectively).

About Hammerson

Hammerson is an owner, manager and developer of retail destinations in Europe. Our portfolio of high- quality retail property has a value of around £10.6 billion and includes 22 prime shopping centres, 15 convenient retail parks and investments in 20 premium outlet villages, through our partnership with Value Retail and the VIA Outlets joint venture. Key investments include Bullring, Birmingham; Bicester Village, Oxfordshire; Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin; and Les Terrasses du Port, Marseille.

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