Reviewing Saul Centers (NYSE:BFS) & Great Portland Estates (OTCMKTS:GPEAF)

Saul Centers (NYSE:BFSGet Rating) and Great Portland Estates (OTCMKTS:GPEAFGet Rating) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Saul Centers and Great Portland Estates, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Saul Centers 0 2 1 0 2.33
Great Portland Estates 1 1 3 0 2.40

Saul Centers currently has a consensus price target of $48.50, suggesting a potential upside of 13.98%. Given Saul Centers’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Saul Centers is more favorable than Great Portland Estates.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

46.8% of Saul Centers shares are held by institutional investors. 50.2% of Saul Centers shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Saul Centers and Great Portland Estates’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Saul Centers 20.75% 14.67% 2.85%
Great Portland Estates N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Saul Centers and Great Portland Estates’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Saul Centers $239.23 million 4.25 $48.39 million $1.65 25.79
Great Portland Estates N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Saul Centers has higher revenue and earnings than Great Portland Estates.

Summary

Saul Centers beats Great Portland Estates on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Saul Centers

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Saul Centers, Inc. is a self-managed, self-administered equity REIT headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, which currently operates and manages a real estate portfolio of 60 properties which includes (a) 50 community and neighborhood shopping centers and seven mixed-use properties with approximately 9.8 million square feet of leasable area and (b) three land and development properties. Approximately 85% of the Saul Centers' property operating income is generated by properties in the metropolitan Washington, DC/Baltimore area.

About Great Portland Estates

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We are a FTSE 250 property investment and development company owning £2.6 billion of real estate in central London. We proactively manage our portfolio, flexing our activities in tune with London's property cycle to deliver long-term out-performance. We create in-demand spaces that people want to be part of; helping our occupiers, local communities and the city to thrive.

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