Columbia Property Trust (CXP) & The Competition Head to Head Comparison

Columbia Property Trust (NYSE: CXP) is one of 85 public companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Columbia Property Trust to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Columbia Property Trust $376.05 million $171.48 million 18.62
Columbia Property Trust Competitors $482.34 million $305.34 million 32.34

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.

Risk and Volatility

Columbia Property Trust has a beta of 1.17, suggesting that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Columbia Property Trust’s peers have a beta of 0.81, suggesting that their average share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.8% of Columbia Property Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.7% 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, 8.3% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

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 37.27% 5.55% 3.30%
Columbia Property Trust Competitors 50.87% 6.60% 3.77%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Columbia Property Trust and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Columbia Property Trust 0 3 4 0 2.57
Columbia Property Trust Competitors 628 2464 2128 22 2.29

Columbia Property Trust currently has a consensus price target of $23.80, indicating a potential upside of 12.11%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.73%. Given Columbia Property Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Columbia Property Trust is more favorable than its peers.

Dividends

Columbia Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Columbia Property Trust pays out 70.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.0% and pay out 205.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Columbia Property Trust peers beat Columbia Property Trust on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Columbia Property Trust

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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