Financial Survey: Simon Property Group (SPG) and DDR Corp. (DDR)

Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG) and DDR Corp. (NYSE:DDR) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Simon Property Group and DDR Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Simon Property Group 0 5 10 0 2.67
DDR Corp. 1 8 4 0 2.23

Simon Property Group presently has a consensus target price of $192.33, suggesting a potential upside of 20.31%. DDR Corp. has a consensus target price of $12.09, suggesting a potential upside of 46.56%. Given DDR Corp.’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe DDR Corp. is more favorable than Simon Property Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.2% of Simon Property Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.1% of DDR Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.4% of Simon Property Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.1% of DDR Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Simon Property Group pays an annual dividend of $7.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. DDR Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.2%. Simon Property Group pays out 130.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. DDR Corp. pays out -1,900.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Simon Property Group has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and DDR Corp. has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. DDR Corp. is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Simon Property Group and DDR Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Simon Property Group 31.96% 41.85% 6.09%
DDR Corp. 1.11% 3.48% 1.20%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Simon Property Group and DDR Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Simon Property Group $5.44 billion 18.82 $1.84 billion $5.67 28.20
DDR Corp. $969.51 million 3.14 $60.01 million ($0.04) -206.25

Simon Property Group has higher revenue and earnings than DDR Corp.. DDR Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Simon Property Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Simon Property Group has a beta of 0.6, indicating that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DDR Corp. has a beta of 0.76, indicating that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Simon Property Group beats DDR Corp. on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, develops and manages retail real estate properties, which consist primarily of malls, Premium Outlets and The Mills. Simon Property Group, L.P. (Operating Partnership), is the Company’s partnership subsidiary that owns all of its real estate properties and other assets. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or held an interest in 206 income-producing properties in the United States, which consisted of 108 malls, 67 Premium Outlets, 14 Mills, four lifestyle centers, and 13 other retail properties in 37 states and Puerto Rico. As of December 31, 2016, it had redevelopment and expansion projects, including the addition of anchors, big box tenants, and restaurants, underway at 27 properties in the United States and it had one outlet and one other retail project under development.

About DDR Corp.

DDR Corp. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. It operates through two segments: shopping centers and loan investments. It is in the business of acquiring, owning, developing, redeveloping, expanding, leasing and managing shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and managed approximately 106 million total square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). As of December 31, 2016, the portfolio properties included 319 shopping centers (including 152 centers owned through joint ventures). As of December 31, 2016, the portfolio properties also included over 650 acres of undeveloped land, including parcels located adjacent to certain of the shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the portfolio properties aggregated to 75.8 million square feet of Company-owned GLA located in 35 states, plus Puerto Rico. These centers are in the Southeast and Midwest, with significant concentrations in Florida, Georgia, Ohio and North Carolina, as well as Puerto Rico.

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