Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC) is one of 20 public companies in the “Office REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Corporate Office Properties Trust to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Corporate Office Properties Trust has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Corporate Office Properties Trust’s rivals have a beta of 0.92, suggesting that their average share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Corporate Office Properties Trust and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Corporate Office Properties Trust $578.09 million $290.41 million 46.28
Corporate Office Properties Trust Competitors $681.84 million $356.12 million 30.93

Corporate Office Properties Trust’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Corporate Office Properties Trust. Corporate Office Properties Trust is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Corporate Office Properties Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Corporate Office Properties Trust pays out 159.4% 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, “Office REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.3% and pay out 218.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Corporate Office Properties Trust is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Corporate Office Properties Trust and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Corporate Office Properties Trust 14.38% 5.89% 2.28%
Corporate Office Properties Trust Competitors 3.77% 1.15% 0.56%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.3% of shares of all “Office REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Corporate Office Properties Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of shares of all “Office REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Corporate Office Properties Trust and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Corporate Office Properties Trust 2 6 1 0 1.89
Corporate Office Properties Trust Competitors 116 514 528 3 2.36

Corporate Office Properties Trust currently has a consensus target price of $34.17, suggesting a potential upside of 7.00%. As a group, “Office REITs” companies have a potential upside of 12.40%. Given Corporate Office Properties Trust’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Corporate Office Properties Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Corporate Office Properties Trust rivals beat Corporate Office Properties Trust on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Corporate Office Properties Trust

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).

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