Comparing Piedmont Office Realty Trust (PDM) and J.W. Mays (MAYS)

Piedmont Office Realty Trust (NYSE:PDM) and J.W. Mays (NASDAQ:MAYS) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Piedmont Office Realty Trust and J.W. Mays, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Piedmont Office Realty Trust 1 1 2 0 2.25
J.W. Mays 0 0 0 0 N/A

Piedmont Office Realty Trust currently has a consensus price target of $21.67, suggesting a potential upside of 16.86%. Given Piedmont Office Realty Trust’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Piedmont Office Realty Trust is more favorable than J.W. Mays.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.4% of Piedmont Office Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.0% of J.W. Mays shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Piedmont Office Realty Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 32.8% of J.W. Mays shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Piedmont Office Realty Trust has a beta of 0.58, meaning that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, J.W. Mays has a beta of -0.28, meaning that its share price is 128% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Piedmont Office Realty Trust and J.W. Mays’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Piedmont Office Realty Trust 10.13% 2.95% 1.44%
J.W. Mays 15.44% 1.17% 0.94%

Dividends

Piedmont Office Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. J.W. Mays does not pay a dividend. Piedmont Office Realty Trust pays out 48.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Piedmont Office Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Piedmont Office Realty Trust and J.W. Mays’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Piedmont Office Realty Trust $574.17 million 4.15 $133.56 million $1.75 10.59
J.W. Mays $19.30 million 4.05 $2.97 million N/A N/A

Piedmont Office Realty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than J.W. Mays.

Summary

Piedmont Office Realty Trust beats J.W. Mays on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: PDM) is an owner, manager, developer, and operator of high-quality, Class A office properties in select sub-markets located primarily within eight major U.S. office markets. Its geographically-diversified, almost $5 billion portfolio is currently comprised of approximately 17 million square feet. The Company is a fully-integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) with local management offices in each of its major markets and is investment-grade rated by Standard & Poor's (BBB) and Moody's (Baa2).

About J.W. Mays

J.W. Mays, Inc. owns, operates, and leases commercial real estate properties in the United States. Its properties are located in Brooklyn, Jamaica, Fishkill, Levittown, and Massapequa of New York, as well as Circleville of Ohio. The company was founded in 1924 and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

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