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

Volatility & Risk

Brookfield Canada Office Properties has a beta of 0.99, indicating that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brookfield Canada Office Properties’ peers have a beta of 0.81, indicating that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Brookfield Canada Office Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.97 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Brookfield Canada Office Properties pays out 83.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.0% and pay out 205.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

20.1% of Brookfield Canada Office Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.7% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.3% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Brookfield Canada Office Properties and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brookfield Canada Office Properties 7.64% 1.26% 0.65%
Brookfield Canada Office Properties Competitors 50.87% 6.60% 3.77%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Brookfield Canada Office Properties and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brookfield Canada Office Properties 0 3 0 0 2.00
Brookfield Canada Office Properties Competitors 628 2464 2128 22 2.29

Brookfield Canada Office Properties presently has a consensus price target of $29.50, indicating a potential upside of 18.19%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 5.98%. Given Brookfield Canada Office Properties’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Brookfield Canada Office Properties is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Brookfield Canada Office Properties and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Brookfield Canada Office Properties N/A N/A 21.52
Brookfield Canada Office Properties Competitors $482.34 million $305.34 million 32.43

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

Summary

Brookfield Canada Office Properties peers beat Brookfield Canada Office Properties on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About Brookfield Canada Office Properties

Brookfield Canada Office Properties is a Canada-based real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company invests, develops and operates commercial office properties in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver. The Company’s commercial-property portfolio consists of interests in approximately 25 properties totaling approximately 21.1 million square feet, including approximately 4.0 million square feet of parking and other. The Company’s development portfolio consists of the Brookfield Place Calgary East development site totaling approximately 1.4 million square feet in Calgary. The Company also invests in ongoing maintenance and capital improvement projects. The Company focuses on the markets, which include financial, government and energy sectors, which are primarily located in the cities of Toronto and Calgary. Its properties include 2 Queen Street East, Queen’s Quay Terminal, Exchange Tower, Bankers Hall Retail, Suncor Energy Centre, Jean Edmonds Tower and Royal Centre.

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