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

Volatility & Risk

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Washington Real Estate Investment Trust’s peers have a beta of 0.80, indicating that their average share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Washington Real Estate Investment Trust and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust 0 3 3 0 2.50
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust Competitors 640 2527 2192 23 2.30

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust presently has a consensus target price of $33.92, suggesting a potential upside of 5.36%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.50%. Given Washington Real Estate Investment Trust’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Washington Real Estate Investment Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.0% of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Washington Real Estate Investment 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 stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Washington Real Estate Investment 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. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.0% and pay out 216.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Washington Real Estate Investment Trust lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Washington Real Estate Investment Trust and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust $317.68 million $182.98 million 107.30
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust Competitors $478.44 million $302.43 million 31.91

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Washington Real Estate Investment Trust. Washington Real Estate 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.

Profitability

This table compares Washington Real Estate Investment Trust and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust 7.10% 2.13% 0.99%
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust Competitors 51.81% 6.57% 3.80%

Summary

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust peers beat Washington Real Estate Investment Trust on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Washington Real Estate Investment Trust

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust is a self-administered equity real estate investment trust. The Company’s business consists of the ownership and operation of real property in the greater Washington metro region. The Company owns a diversified portfolio of office buildings, multifamily buildings and retail centers. The Company’s segments include office, multifamily and retail. The Company’s office properties provide office space for various types of businesses and professions. The Company’s multifamily properties provide rental housing for individuals and families throughout the Washington metro region. Its retail properties are typically grocery store anchored neighborhood centers that include other small shop tenants or regional power centers with various junior box tenants. As of April 4, 2017, it owned a diversified portfolio of 50 properties, totaling approximately 6.0 million square feet of commercial space and 4,480 residential units, and land held for development.

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