Optibase (NASDAQ:OBAS) vs. Seritage Growth Properties (NASDAQ:SRG) Critical Contrast

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Optibase (NASDAQ:OBAS) and Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Optibase and Seritage Growth Properties’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Optibase $16.61 million 4.09 -$2.78 million N/A N/A
Seritage Growth Properties $214.75 million 6.93 -$73.47 million N/A N/A

Optibase has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Seritage Growth Properties.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Optibase shares are held by institutional investors. 17.1% of Optibase shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of Seritage Growth Properties shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Optibase has a beta of 0.36, indicating that its stock price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seritage Growth Properties has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Seritage Growth Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Optibase does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Optibase and Seritage Growth Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Optibase 0 0 0 0 N/A
Seritage Growth Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Optibase and Seritage Growth Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Optibase -14.04% -3.07% -0.93%
Seritage Growth Properties -51.46% -8.74% -3.52%

Summary

Optibase beats Seritage Growth Properties on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Optibase Company Profile

Optibase Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, operates in the fixed-income real estate sector in Switzerland, Germany, and the United States. The company purchases and operates real estate properties intended for leasing and resale primarily for the purpose of commercial, industrial, office space, parking garage, and warehouse use, as well as for residential purposes. The company was formerly known as Optibase Advanced Systems (1990) Ltd. and changed its name to Optibase Ltd. in November 1993. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Herzliya, Israel. Optibase Ltd. is a subsidiary of The Capri Family Foundation.

Seritage Growth Properties Company Profile

Seritage Growth Properties is a publicly-traded, self-administered and self-managed REIT with 206 wholly-owned properties and 26 joint venture properties totaling approximately 36.3 million square feet of space across 48 states and Puerto Rico. The Company was formed to unlock the underlying real estate value of a high-quality retail portfolio it acquired from Sears Holdings in July 2015. Pursuant to a master lease, the Company has the right to recapture certain space from Sears Holdings for retenanting or redevelopment purposes. The Company's mission is to create and own revitalized shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations that provide enriched experiences for consumers and local communities, and create long-term value for our shareholders.

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