Analyzing Cedar Realty Trust (NYSE:CDR) & Lamar Advertising (NYSE:LAMR)

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Cedar Realty Trust (NYSE:CDR) and Lamar Advertising (NASDAQ:LAMR) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Cedar Realty Trust has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lamar Advertising has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cedar Realty Trust and Lamar Advertising’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cedar Realty Trust $152.02 million 1.84 $3.88 million $0.58 5.41
Lamar Advertising $1.63 billion 5.02 $305.23 million $5.50 14.79

Lamar Advertising has higher revenue and earnings than Cedar Realty Trust. Cedar Realty Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lamar Advertising, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.3% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.9% of Lamar Advertising shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.5% of Cedar Realty Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.2% of Lamar Advertising shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Cedar Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Lamar Advertising pays an annual dividend of $3.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Cedar Realty Trust pays out 34.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lamar Advertising pays out 69.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Lamar Advertising has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Cedar Realty Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Cedar Realty Trust and Lamar Advertising, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cedar Realty Trust 1 0 1 0 2.00
Lamar Advertising 1 2 1 0 2.00

Cedar Realty Trust presently has a consensus target price of $2.00, suggesting a potential downside of 36.31%. Lamar Advertising has a consensus target price of $80.67, suggesting a potential downside of 0.83%. Given Lamar Advertising’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Lamar Advertising is more favorable than Cedar Realty Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Cedar Realty Trust and Lamar Advertising’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cedar Realty Trust 13.08% 4.86% 1.55%
Lamar Advertising 21.39% 32.10% 7.09%

Summary

Lamar Advertising beats Cedar Realty Trust on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cedar Realty Trust Company Profile

Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. is a fully-integrated real estate investment trust which focuses on the ownership, operation and redevelopment of grocery-anchored shopping centers in high-density urban markets from Washington, D.C. to Boston. The Company's portfolio (excluding properties treated as "held for sale") comprises 58 properties, with approximately 8.7 million square feet of gross leasable area.

Lamar Advertising Company Profile

Founded in 1902, Lamar Advertising (Nasdaq: LAMR) is one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in North America, with approximately 360,000 displays across the United States and Canada. Lamar offers advertisers a variety of billboard, interstate logo, transit and airport advertising formats, helping both local businesses and national brands reach broad audiences every day. In addition to its more traditional out-of-home inventory, Lamar is proud to offer its customers the largest network of digital billboards in the United States with over 3,100 displays.

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