Analyzing Saul Centers (NYSE:BFS) & Global Self Storage (SELF)

Global Self Storage (NASDAQ:SELF) and Saul Centers (NYSE:BFS) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.6% of Global Self Storage shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.7% of Saul Centers shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.6% of Global Self Storage shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 48.5% of Saul Centers shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Global Self Storage and Saul Centers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Global Self Storage 0 0 0 0 N/A
Saul Centers 0 1 0 0 2.00

Saul Centers has a consensus target price of $58.00, suggesting a potential upside of 11.95%. Given Saul Centers’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Saul Centers is more favorable than Global Self Storage.

Profitability

This table compares Global Self Storage and Saul Centers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Global Self Storage 7.91% 1.70% 1.09%
Saul Centers 22.17% 21.94% 3.42%

Risk and Volatility

Global Self Storage has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Saul Centers has a beta of 1, suggesting that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Global Self Storage and Saul Centers’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Global Self Storage $8.11 million 3.65 $620,000.00 N/A N/A
Saul Centers $227.90 million 5.17 $50.55 million $3.11 16.66

Saul Centers has higher revenue and earnings than Global Self Storage.

Dividends

Global Self Storage pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.8%. Saul Centers pays an annual dividend of $2.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Saul Centers pays out 68.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Saul Centers has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

Saul Centers beats Global Self Storage on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Global Self Storage

Global Self Storage, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed REIT that owns, operates, manages, acquires, develops and redevelops self storage properties in the United States. The Company's self storage properties are designed to offer affordable, easily accessible and secure storage space for residential and commercial customers. It currently owns and operates, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, eleven self storage properties located in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.

About Saul Centers

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) 49 community and neighborhood shopping centers and seven mixed-use properties with approximately 9.3 million square feet of leasable area and (b) four land and development properties. Over 85% of the Saul Centers' property operating income is generated by properties in the metropolitan Washington, DC/Baltimore area.

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