Cousins Properties (NYSE: CUZ) is one of 85 public companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Cousins Properties to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and dividends.


This table compares Cousins Properties and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cousins Properties 49.99% 9.37% 5.93%
Cousins Properties Competitors 45.76% 5.92% 3.27%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.3% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Cousins Properties shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Cousins Properties and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cousins Properties 0 0 2 0 3.00
Cousins Properties Competitors 747 2721 2245 31 2.27

Cousins Properties presently has a consensus price target of $10.25, indicating a potential upside of 10.69%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.24%. Given Cousins Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Cousins Properties is more favorable than its rivals.


Cousins Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Cousins Properties pays out 42.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.0% and pay out 204.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Cousins Properties has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cousins Properties and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cousins Properties $404.83 million $231.38 million 16.25
Cousins Properties Competitors $460.20 million $291.73 million 31.98

Cousins Properties’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Cousins Properties. Cousins Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Cousins Properties has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cousins Properties’ rivals have a beta of 0.81, suggesting that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Cousins Properties beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Cousins Properties Company Profile

Cousins Properties Incorporated is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company’s segments include Office, Mixed-Use, Other, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa, Phoenix and Other. It develops, acquires, leases, manages and owns primarily Class A office properties and opportunistic mixed-use developments in Sunbelt markets with a focus on Georgia, Texas and North Carolina. It manages a 15.8 million-square-foot trophy office portfolio in the Sun Belt markets of Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa and Tempe. As of December 31, 2016, its portfolio of real estate assets consisted of interests in 16.2 million square feet of office space and 786,000 square feet of mixed-use space. The Company, through Cousins TRS Services LLC, owns and manages its own real estate portfolio and performs certain real estate related services for other parties. Its properties include Colorado Tower, 816 Congress, Promenade and Gateway Village.

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