Columbia Property Trust (NYSE: CXP) is one of 87 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Columbia Property Trust to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Columbia Property Trust and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Columbia Property Trust 37.27% 5.55% 3.30%
Columbia Property Trust Competitors 52.25% 6.78% 3.88%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Columbia Property Trust and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Columbia Property Trust 0 3 4 0 2.57
Columbia Property Trust Competitors 633 2498 2176 23 2.30

Columbia Property Trust currently has a consensus target price of $23.80, indicating a potential upside of 12.26%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.47%. Given Columbia Property Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Columbia Property Trust is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Columbia Property Trust has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Columbia Property Trust’s competitors have a beta of 0.80, indicating that their average share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Columbia Property Trust and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Columbia Property Trust $376.05 million $171.48 million 18.60
Columbia Property Trust Competitors $457.04 million $289.32 million 33.23

Columbia Property Trust’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Columbia Property Trust. Columbia Property Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.9% of Columbia Property Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Columbia Property Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.0% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Columbia Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Columbia Property Trust pays out 70.2% 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 204.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Columbia Property Trust competitors beat Columbia Property Trust on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Columbia Property Trust

Columbia Property Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT), which owns and operates commercial real estate properties. The Company’s primary objective is to generate long-term shareholder returns from a combination of steadily growing cash flows and appreciation in its net asset values, through the acquisition and ownership of office buildings located principally in high-barrier-to-entry markets. The Company’s segments include New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles and all other office markets. The all other office markets segment consists of properties in similar, low-barrier to entry geographic locations, in which the Company does not plan to make further investments. The Company conducts its business primarily through Columbia Property Trust Operating Partnership, L.P. (Columbia Property Trust OP), which acquires, develops, owns, leases and operates real properties directly through subsidiaries or through joint ventures.

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