Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC) and Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE:BDN) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.0% of Brandywine Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Corporate Office Properties Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of Brandywine Realty Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Corporate Office Properties Trust has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brandywine Realty Trust has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Corporate Office Properties Trust and Brandywine Realty Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Corporate Office Properties Trust 2 6 1 0 1.89
Brandywine Realty Trust 1 3 5 0 2.44

Corporate Office Properties Trust currently has a consensus price target of $33.83, suggesting a potential upside of 7.10%. Brandywine Realty Trust has a consensus price target of $17.58, suggesting a potential upside of 1.40%. Given Corporate Office Properties Trust’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Corporate Office Properties Trust is more favorable than Brandywine Realty Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Corporate Office Properties Trust and Brandywine Realty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Corporate Office Properties Trust 15.86% 6.55% 2.48%
Brandywine Realty Trust 6.81% 2.10% 0.96%

Dividends

Corporate Office Properties Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Brandywine Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Corporate Office Properties Trust pays out 150.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Brandywine Realty Trust pays out 400.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Brandywine Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Brandywine Realty Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Corporate Office Properties Trust and Brandywine Realty Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Corporate Office Properties Trust $578.09 million 5.41 $290.41 million $0.73 43.27
Brandywine Realty Trust $512.29 million 5.90 $227.17 million $0.16 108.38

Corporate Office Properties Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Brandywine Realty Trust. Corporate Office Properties Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brandywine Realty Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Brandywine Realty Trust beats Corporate Office Properties Trust on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Corporate Office Properties Trust Company Profile

Corporate Office Properties Trust is a fully-integrated and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, manages, leases, develops and acquires office and data center properties. The Company’s segments are Defense/IT Locations; Regional Office; operating wholesale data center, and other. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties included 164 operating office properties totaling 17.2 million square feet, including 13 triple-net leased, single-tenant data center properties; 11 office properties under construction or redevelopment; 1,028 acres of land controlled for future development, and a wholesale data center with a critical load of 19.25 megawatts. The Company conducts all of its operations through Corporate Office Properties, L.P. (COPLP) and subsidiaries (collectively, the Operating Partnership). COPLP owns real estate both directly and through subsidiary partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs).

Brandywine Realty Trust Company Profile

Brandywine Realty Trust is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates through five segments: Pennsylvania Suburbs, Philadelphia Central Business District (CBD), Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, and Other. The Pennsylvania Suburbs segment includes properties in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in the Philadelphia suburbs. The Philadelphia CBD segment includes properties located in the City of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. The Metropolitan Washington, D.C. segment includes properties in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland. The Austin, Texas segment includes properties in the City of Austin, Texas. The Other segment includes properties in Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey, New Castle County in the state of Delaware and the City of Concord in California. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 113 properties that had approximately 17.6 million net rentable square feet.

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