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

Dividends

Liberty Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Liberty Property Trust pays out 68.4% 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. Liberty Property Trust has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Property Trust 47.24% 11.37% 5.51%
Liberty Property Trust Competitors 52.25% 6.78% 3.87%

Volatility and Risk

Liberty Property Trust has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Property Trust’s competitors have a beta of 0.80, meaning that their average share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.5% of Liberty Property Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Liberty Property Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.0% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned 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.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Property Trust $728.41 million $406.11 million 17.76
Liberty Property Trust Competitors $457.04 million $289.32 million 33.23

Liberty Property Trust has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Liberty 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Liberty Property Trust and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Property Trust 1 3 3 0 2.29
Liberty Property Trust Competitors 634 2503 2177 23 2.30

Liberty Property Trust presently has a consensus price target of $42.50, indicating a potential upside of 2.29%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.48%. Given Liberty Property Trust’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Liberty Property Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Liberty Property Trust beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Liberty Property Trust Company Profile

Liberty Property Trust (the Trust) is a self-administered and self-managed Maryland real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust’s assets are owned directly or indirectly, and substantially all of the Trust’s operations are conducted directly or indirectly, by its subsidiary, Liberty Property Limited Partnership (the Operating Partnership). The Company’s segments include Carolinas/Richmond; Chicago/Milwaukee; Florida; Houston; Lehigh/Central PA; Minnesota; Philadelphia; Southeastern PA; United Kingdom, and Other, which includes Arizona; Atlanta; Cincinnati/Columbus/Indianapolis; Dallas; DC Metro; New Jersey; Southern California, and other. The Company owns and operates industrial properties nationally and owns and operates office properties in a focused group of office markets. Additionally, the Company owns certain assets in the United Kingdom. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 450 industrial and 55 office properties totaling 86.0 million square feet.

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