Contrasting Vestin Realty Mortgage I (VRTA) and Lamar Advertising (LAMR)

Vestin Realty Mortgage I (OTCMKTS:VRTA) and Lamar Advertising (NASDAQ:LAMR) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

Lamar Advertising pays an annual dividend of $3.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. Vestin Realty Mortgage I does not pay a dividend. Lamar Advertising pays out 72.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lamar Advertising has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vestin Realty Mortgage I and Lamar Advertising’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vestin Realty Mortgage I $5.21 million 0.59 -$14.83 million N/A N/A
Lamar Advertising $1.54 billion 4.75 $317.67 million $5.05 14.68

Lamar Advertising has higher revenue and earnings than Vestin Realty Mortgage I.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Vestin Realty Mortgage I and Lamar Advertising, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vestin Realty Mortgage I 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lamar Advertising 1 3 1 0 2.00

Lamar Advertising has a consensus price target of $76.80, indicating a potential upside of 3.60%. Given Lamar Advertising’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Lamar Advertising is more favorable than Vestin Realty Mortgage I.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

83.4% of Lamar Advertising shares are held by institutional investors. 11.2% of Vestin Realty Mortgage I shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of Lamar Advertising shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Vestin Realty Mortgage I and Lamar Advertising’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vestin Realty Mortgage I N/A N/A N/A
Lamar Advertising 18.93% 27.75% 7.27%

Risk and Volatility

Vestin Realty Mortgage I has a beta of -0.09, suggesting that its stock price is 109% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lamar Advertising has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Lamar Advertising beats Vestin Realty Mortgage I on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vestin Realty Mortgage I

Vestin Realty Mortgage I, Inc. invests in loans secured by real estate through deeds of trust or mortgages in the United States. The company invests in the raw and unimproved land, acquisition and development, construction, commercial property, and residential loans. It also invests in, acquires, manages, or sells real properties. The company was formerly known as Vestin Fund I, LLC. Vestin Realty Mortgage I, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Lamar Advertising

Founded in 1902, Lamar Advertising (Nasdaq: LAMR) is one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in North America, with more than 348,000 displays across the United States and Canada. Lamar offers advertisers a variety of billboard, interstate logo, transit and airport advertising formats, helping both local businesses and national brands reach broad audiences every day. In addition to its more traditional out-of-home inventory, Lamar is proud to offer its customers the largest network of digital billboards in the United States with over 2,900 displays.

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