Easterly Government Properties (NYSE: DEA) is one of 90 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Easterly Government Properties to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Easterly Government Properties and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Easterly Government Properties 3.31% 0.57% 0.34%
Easterly Government Properties Competitors 53.27% 6.71% 3.86%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Easterly Government Properties and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Easterly Government Properties 0 1 1 0 2.50
Easterly Government Properties Competitors 646 2552 2209 24 2.30

Easterly Government Properties presently has a consensus price target of $22.25, suggesting a potential upside of 9.02%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.72%. Given Easterly Government Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Easterly Government Properties is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Easterly Government Properties and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Easterly Government Properties $104.62 million $3.41 million 204.10
Easterly Government Properties Competitors $544.77 million $101.33 million 203.17

Easterly Government Properties’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Easterly Government Properties. Easterly Government Properties is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.3% of Easterly Government Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.6% of Easterly Government Properties shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.0% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Easterly Government Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. Easterly Government Properties pays out 1,000.0% 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 3.9% and pay out 170.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Easterly Government Properties competitors beat Easterly Government Properties on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

Easterly Government Properties Company Profile

Easterly Government Properties, Inc. is an internally managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties that are leased to the United States Government agencies. The Company leases its properties to such agencies through the United States General Services Administration (GSA). The operations of the Company are carried on primarily through Easterly Government Properties, LP and the subsidiaries of the Operating Partnership. As of December 31, 2016, it had 43 operating properties in the United States, including 40 operating properties that are leased primarily to the United States Government tenant agencies and three operating properties that are entirely leased to private tenants, encompassing approximately 3.1 million square feet in the aggregate. In addition, the Company had one property under development encompassing approximately 0.1 million square feet as of December 31, 2016.

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