Reviewing PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT) & Cominar REIT (CMLEF)

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Cominar REIT (OTCMKTS:CMLEF) and PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT) are both real estate companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Cominar REIT and PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cominar REIT 0 0 1 0 3.00
PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust 0 2 4 0 2.67

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust has a consensus target price of $21.67, suggesting a potential upside of 3.92%. Given PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust is more favorable than Cominar REIT.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cominar REIT and PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cominar REIT N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust $351.07 million 4.04 $152.80 million $1.99 10.48

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Cominar REIT.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.2% of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Cominar REIT and PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cominar REIT N/A N/A N/A
PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust 43.52% 12.19% 2.22%

Dividends

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.0%. Cominar REIT does not pay a dividend. PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust pays out 94.5% 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

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust beats Cominar REIT on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cominar REIT

Cominar is the second largest diversified real estate investment trust in Canada and is the largest commercial property owner in the Province of Québec. The REIT owns a real estate portfolio of 429 properties in three different market segments, that is, office properties, retail properties and industrial and flex properties. Cominar's portfolio totals 38.2 million square feet located in the Montreal, Québec City and Ottawa areas. Cominar's primary objectives are to maximize unit value through the proactive management of its properties.

About PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, a specialty finance company, invests primarily in residential mortgage loans and mortgage-related assets in the United States. The company's Correspondent Production segment engages in purchasing, pooling, and reselling newly originated prime credit mortgage loans directly or in the form of mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Its Credit Sensitive Strategies segment invests in credit risk transfer (CRT) agreements, firm commitment to purchase CRT securities, distressed mortgage loans, real estate acquired in settlement of mortgage loans, non-Agency subordinated bonds, and small balance commercial real estate mortgage loans. The company's Interest Rate Sensitive Strategies segment engages in investing in mortgage servicing rights, excess servicing spreads, and agency and senior non-agency MBS; and interest rate hedging activities related to indebtedness. PNMAC Capital Management, LLC acts as the manager of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust. The company qualifies as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes. It generally would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Westlake Village, California.

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