Highlands REIT (OTCMKTS:HHDS) & OUTFRONT Media (NYSE:OUT) Critical Analysis

Highlands REIT (OTCMKTS:HHDSGet Free Report) and OUTFRONT Media (NYSE:OUTGet Free Report) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Highlands REIT has a beta of 30.83, meaning that its share price is 2,983% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OUTFRONT Media has a beta of 1.85, meaning that its share price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Highlands REIT and OUTFRONT Media’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Highlands REIT -29.54% -3.87% -2.77%
OUTFRONT Media -23.79% -48.05% -7.45%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Highlands REIT and OUTFRONT Media’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Highlands REIT $31.36 million 2.83 -$7.66 million N/A N/A
OUTFRONT Media $1.77 billion 1.21 $147.90 million ($2.68) -4.87

OUTFRONT Media has higher revenue and earnings than Highlands REIT.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Highlands REIT shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Highlands REIT shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of OUTFRONT Media shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Highlands REIT and OUTFRONT Media, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Highlands REIT 0 0 0 0 N/A
OUTFRONT Media 0 3 2 0 2.40

OUTFRONT Media has a consensus target price of $14.50, suggesting a potential upside of 11.20%. Given OUTFRONT Media’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe OUTFRONT Media is more favorable than Highlands REIT.

Summary

Highlands REIT beats OUTFRONT Media on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Highlands REIT

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We are a self-advised and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT) created to own and manage substantially all of the non-core investment properties previously owned and managed by our former parent, InvenTrust Properties Corp., a Maryland corporation (InvenTrust). On April 28, 2016, we were spun-off from InvenTrust through a pro rata distribution (the Distribution) by InvenTrust of 100% of the outstanding shares of our common stock to holders of InvenTrust's common stock. Prior to or concurrent with the separation, we and InvenTrust engaged in certain reorganization transactions that were designed to consolidate substantially all of InvenTrust's remaining non-core investment properties in Highlands.

About OUTFRONT Media

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OUTFRONT leverages the power of technology, location and creativity to connect brands with consumers outside of their homes through one of the largest and most diverse sets of billboard, transit, and mobile assets in North America. Through its technology platform, OUTFRONT will fundamentally change the ways advertisers engage audiences on-the-go.

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