Reviewing Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) and QTS Realty Trust (NYSE:QTS)

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Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) and QTS Realty Trust (NYSE:QTS) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Dividends

Weingarten Realty Investors pays an annual dividend of $1.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. QTS Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Weingarten Realty Investors pays out 69.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. QTS Realty Trust pays out 67.7% 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. Weingarten Realty Investors has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years and QTS Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Weingarten Realty Investors is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Risk and Volatility

Weingarten Realty Investors has a beta of 0.65, meaning that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QTS Realty Trust has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Weingarten Realty Investors and QTS Realty Trust’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Weingarten Realty Investors $531.15 million 6.82 $327.60 million $2.28 12.34
QTS Realty Trust $450.52 million 6.06 -$4.46 million $2.60 18.98

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

Profitability

This table compares Weingarten Realty Investors and QTS Realty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Weingarten Realty Investors 46.97% 13.06% 6.07%
QTS Realty Trust 6.19% 2.95% 0.97%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Weingarten Realty Investors and QTS Realty Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Weingarten Realty Investors 0 5 1 0 2.17
QTS Realty Trust 0 1 6 0 2.86

Weingarten Realty Investors currently has a consensus price target of $28.17, indicating a potential upside of 0.09%. QTS Realty Trust has a consensus price target of $49.17, indicating a potential downside of 0.39%. Given Weingarten Realty Investors’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Weingarten Realty Investors is more favorable than QTS Realty Trust.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

77.7% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.4% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of QTS Realty Trust shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Weingarten Realty Investors beats QTS Realty Trust on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Weingarten Realty Investors

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) is a shopping center owner, manager and developer. At March 31, 2019, the Company owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 177 properties which are located in 17 states spanning the country from coast to coast. These properties represent approximately 34.6 million square feet of which our interests in these properties aggregated approximately 22.6 million square feet of leasable area.

About QTS Realty Trust

QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 6 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space throughout North America. Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities. QTS owns, operates or manages 25 data centers and supports more than 1,100 Core customers primarily in North America.

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