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Whitestone REIT

Dividend Yield: 7.70%

Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.70%.

No company description available. The company has a P/E ratio of 94.31. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Whitestone REIT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Whitestone REIT has been 104,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Whitestone REIT has a market cap of $253.2 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whitestone REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 16.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 34.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry, implying reduced upside potential.
  • WHITESTONE REIT has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, WHITESTONE REIT reported lower earnings of $0.04 versus $0.11 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.40 versus $0.04).
  • The gross profit margin for WHITESTONE REIT is rather low; currently it is at 23.80%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -10.19% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1.30 million or 39.05% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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