Comparing KKR Real Estate Finance Trust (KREF) & The Competition

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust (NYSE: KREF) is one of 32 public companies in the “Mortgage REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare KKR Real Estate Finance Trust to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares KKR Real Estate Finance Trust and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust 77.41% 6.08% 0.75%
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Competitors 54.41% 9.46% 1.92%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for KKR Real Estate Finance Trust and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust 0 3 0 0 2.00
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Competitors 126 883 902 35 2.43

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust presently has a consensus target price of $22.50, suggesting a potential upside of 13.01%. As a group, “Mortgage REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.99%. Given KKR Real Estate Finance Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe KKR Real Estate Finance Trust is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.7% of KKR Real Estate Finance Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.6% of shares of all “Mortgage REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.4% of shares of all “Mortgage REITs” companies 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares KKR Real Estate Finance Trust and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust $41.19 million $31.15 million N/A
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Competitors $371.19 million $190.39 million 2.00

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than KKR Real Estate Finance Trust.

Dividends

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.4%. As a group, “Mortgage REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 10.0% and pay out 92.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust peers beat KKR Real Estate Finance Trust on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Company Profile

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc is a real estate finance company that focuses primarily on originating and acquiring senior mortgage loans secured by commercial real estate assets (CRE). KKR manages investments across multiple asset classes, including private equity, real estate, energy, infrastructure, credit and hedge funds. The Company’s investment strategy is to originate or acquire senior mortgage loans collateralized by institutional-quality CRE assets. Its target assets also include mezzanine loans, preferred equity and other debt-oriented instruments. The Company’s investment objective is capital preservation and generating attractive risk-adjusted returns for its stockholders over the long term, primarily through dividends.

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