Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) is one of 87 public companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Federal Realty Investment Trust to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.4% of Federal Realty Investment Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Federal Realty Investment 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, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Federal Realty Investment Trust and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Federal Realty Investment Trust 28.42% 11.58% 4.14%
Federal Realty Investment Trust Competitors 52.25% 6.78% 3.88%

Dividends

Federal Realty Investment Trust pays an annual dividend of $4.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Federal Realty Investment Trust pays out 115.9% 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 3.9% and pay out 204.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Federal Realty Investment Trust has raised its dividend for 49 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Federal Realty Investment Trust and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Federal Realty Investment Trust $820.60 million $526.36 million 36.46
Federal Realty Investment Trust Competitors $457.04 million $289.32 million 33.27

Federal Realty Investment Trust has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Federal Realty Investment Trust is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Federal Realty Investment Trust has a beta of 0.3, suggesting that its share price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Federal Realty Investment Trust’s peers have a beta of 0.80, suggesting that their average share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Federal Realty Investment Trust and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Federal Realty Investment Trust 1 2 7 0 2.60
Federal Realty Investment Trust Competitors 633 2495 2176 23 2.30

Federal Realty Investment Trust currently has a consensus target price of $140.25, indicating a potential upside of 11.49%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.02%. Given Federal Realty Investment Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Federal Realty Investment Trust is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Federal Realty Investment Trust beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Federal Realty Investment Trust

Federal Realty Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company specializes in the ownership, management and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties located primarily in affluent communities in selected metropolitan markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, as well as in California and South Florida. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or had an interest in community and neighborhood shopping centers and mixed-use properties, which operated as 96 retail real estate projects and included approximately 22.6 million square feet. As of December 31, 2016, its 96 retail shopping center and mixed-use properties were located in 12 states and the District of Columbia. As of December 31, 2016, there were approximately 2,900 leases with tenants providing a range of retail products and services. These tenants range from sole proprietorships to national retailers, or corporate group of tenants.

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