Columbia Property Trust (CXP) versus Its Competitors Head to Head Analysis

Columbia Property Trust (NYSE: CXP) is one of 88 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Columbia Property Trust to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.0% of Columbia Property Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.2% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Columbia Property Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.7% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by company 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

Columbia Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Columbia Property Trust pays out 47.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.8% and pay out 161.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Columbia Property Trust and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Columbia Property Trust $473.54 million $84.28 million 13.39
Columbia Property Trust Competitors $544.77 million $101.33 million 453.88

Columbia Property Trust’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Columbia Property Trust. Columbia Property Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Columbia Property Trust 0 2 5 0 2.71
Columbia Property Trust Competitors 644 2467 2153 24 2.29

Columbia Property Trust presently has a consensus price target of $24.17, suggesting a potential upside of 7.46%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 9.61%. Given Columbia Property Trust’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Columbia Property Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Columbia Property Trust 63.37% 8.10% 4.91%
Columbia Property Trust Competitors 51.03% 6.43% 3.71%

Risk and Volatility

Columbia Property Trust has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Columbia Property Trust’s peers have a beta of 0.79, meaning that their average share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Columbia Property Trust peers beat Columbia Property Trust on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Columbia Property Trust Company Profile

Columbia Property Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT), which owns and operates commercial real estate properties. The Company’s primary objective is to generate long-term shareholder returns from a combination of steadily growing cash flows and appreciation in its net asset values, through the acquisition and ownership of office buildings located principally in high-barrier-to-entry markets. The Company’s segments include New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles and all other office markets. The all other office markets segment consists of properties in similar, low-barrier to entry geographic locations, in which the Company does not plan to make further investments. The Company conducts its business primarily through Columbia Property Trust Operating Partnership, L.P. (Columbia Property Trust OP), which acquires, develops, owns, leases and operates real properties directly through subsidiaries or through joint ventures.

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