Comparing EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) & SL Green Realty (NYSE:SLG)

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) and SL Green Realty (NYSE:SLG) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares EPR Properties and SL Green Realty’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EPR Properties 7.26% 2.01% 0.86%
SL Green Realty 19.90% 4.21% 1.81%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares EPR Properties and SL Green Realty’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EPR Properties $651.97 million 3.79 $202.24 million $5.44 6.09
SL Green Realty $1.24 billion 3.03 $281.35 million $7.00 7.32

SL Green Realty has higher revenue and earnings than EPR Properties. EPR Properties 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.6% of EPR Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.5% of SL Green Realty shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of EPR Properties shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of SL Green Realty shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for EPR Properties and SL Green Realty, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EPR Properties 1 2 3 0 2.33
SL Green Realty 0 9 3 0 2.25

EPR Properties presently has a consensus price target of $34.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.63%. SL Green Realty has a consensus price target of $65.83, indicating a potential upside of 28.48%. Given SL Green Realty’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe SL Green Realty is more favorable than EPR Properties.

Risk and Volatility

EPR Properties has a beta of 1.43, suggesting that its share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SL Green Realty has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

SL Green Realty beats EPR Properties on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About EPR Properties

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in properties in select market segments which require unique industry knowledge, while offering the potential for stable and attractive returns. Our total investments exceed $6.7 billion and our primary investment segments are Entertainment, Recreation and Education. We adhere to rigorous underwriting and investing criteria centered on key industry and property level cash flow standards. We believe our focused niche approach provides a competitive advantage, and the potential for higher growth and better yields.

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.

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