QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS) is one of 16 public companies in the “Specialized REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare QTS Realty Trust to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability and analyst recommendations.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares QTS Realty Trust and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|QTS Realty Trust||$422.74 million||$158.07 million||132.48|
|QTS Realty Trust Competitors||$1.00 billion||$531.02 million||28.95|
QTS Realty Trust’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than QTS Realty Trust. QTS Realty Trust is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for QTS Realty Trust and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|QTS Realty Trust||0||4||7||0||2.64|
|QTS Realty Trust Competitors||26||208||552||20||2.70|
QTS Realty Trust presently has a consensus price target of $56.64, suggesting a potential upside of 6.88%. As a group, “Specialized REITs” companies have a potential upside of 12.56%. Given QTS Realty Trust’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe QTS Realty Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
64.6% of shares of all “Specialized REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 17.3% of QTS Realty Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Specialized 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.
This table compares QTS Realty Trust and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|QTS Realty Trust||4.60%||2.04%||0.93%|
|QTS Realty Trust Competitors||36.41%||8.84%||3.25%|
QTS Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. QTS Realty Trust pays out 390.0% 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, “Specialized REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.3% and pay out 170.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. QTS Realty Trust has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years. QTS Realty Trust lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.
Volatility & Risk
QTS Realty Trust has a beta of 0.45, suggesting that its share price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QTS Realty Trust’s peers have a beta of 0.85, suggesting that their average share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.
QTS Realty Trust peers beat QTS Realty Trust on 14 of the 15 factors compared.
About QTS Realty Trust
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (QTS) is a provider of secure, compliant data center solutions, hybrid cloud and fully managed services. The Company owns, develops and operates carrier-neutral and multi-tenant data centers. Its data centers are facilities that house the network and computer equipment of multiple customers and provide access to a range of communications carriers. The Company has an integrated platform through which it owns and operates its data centers and provides a range of information technology (IT) infrastructure solutions. Its spectrum of core data center products is referred to as 3Cs, which consists of Custom Data Center (C1), Colocation (C2), and Cloud and Managed Services (C3). Its 3C integrated technology platform provides information technology solutions for Web and information technology applications. Its data centers facilities are used by its customers to house, power and cool the networking equipment and computer systems that support their business processes.
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