Reviewing SL Green Realty (NYSE:SLG) and The GEO Group (NYSE:GEO)

SL Green Realty (NYSE:SLG) and The GEO Group (NYSE:GEO) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Dividends

SL Green Realty pays an annual dividend of $3.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.1%. The GEO Group pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 17.3%. SL Green Realty pays out 50.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. The GEO Group 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. SL Green Realty has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years and The GEO Group has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares SL Green Realty and The GEO Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SL Green Realty 27.34% 5.89% 2.58%
The GEO Group 6.11% 17.43% 4.06%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for SL Green Realty and The GEO Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SL Green Realty 0 10 4 0 2.29
The GEO Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

SL Green Realty currently has a consensus target price of $72.79, indicating a potential upside of 45.34%. Given SL Green Realty’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SL Green Realty is more favorable than The GEO Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.0% of SL Green Realty shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.7% of The GEO Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of SL Green Realty shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of The GEO Group shares are owned 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.

Volatility and Risk

SL Green Realty has a beta of 1.61, suggesting that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The GEO Group has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SL Green Realty and The GEO Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SL Green Realty $1.24 billion 3.09 $281.35 million $7.00 7.15
The GEO Group $2.48 billion 0.54 $166.60 million $2.75 4.03

SL Green Realty has higher earnings, but lower revenue than The GEO Group. The GEO Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SL Green Realty, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

SL Green Realty beats The GEO Group on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SL Green Realty

SL Green Realty Corp., an S&P 500 company and New York City's largest office landlord, is a fully integrated real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is focused primarily on acquiring, managing and maximizing value of Manhattan commercial properties. As of March 31, 2019, SL Green held interests in 96 Manhattan buildings totaling 46.4 million square feet. This included ownership interests in 27.7 million square feet of Manhattan buildings and 18.7 million square feet of buildings securing debt and preferred equity investments. In addition, SL Green held ownership interests in 7 suburban properties comprised of 15 suburban buildings totaling 2.3 million square feet in Brooklyn, Westchester County, and Connecticut.

About The GEO Group

The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GEO) is the first fully integrated equity real estate investment trust specializing in the design, financing, development, and operation of correctional, detention, and community reentry facilities around the globe. GEO is the world's leading provider of diversified correctional, detention, community reentry, and electronic monitoring services to government agencies worldwide with operations in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. GEO's worldwide operations include the ownership and/or management of 135 facilities totaling approximately 96,000 beds, including projects under development, with a growing workforce of approximately 23,000 professionals.

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