Cole Real Estate Investments (NYSE: COLE) and Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) are both financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Cole Real Estate Investments and Liberty Property Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Cole Real Estate Investments||N/A||N/A||N/A||$0.20||N/A|
|Liberty Property Trust||$746.71 million||8.08||$356.81 million||$2.37||17.27|
Liberty Property Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Cole Real Estate Investments. Cole Real Estate Investments is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Liberty Property Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Cole Real Estate Investments and Liberty Property Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Cole Real Estate Investments||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Liberty Property Trust||47.78%||11.41%||5.69%|
Liberty Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Cole Real Estate Investments does not pay a dividend. Liberty Property Trust pays out 67.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cole Real Estate Investments has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
91.4% of Liberty Property Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Liberty Property Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cole Real Estate Investments and Liberty Property Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Cole Real Estate Investments||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Liberty Property Trust||1||5||2||0||2.13|
Liberty Property Trust has a consensus target price of $42.67, suggesting a potential upside of 4.24%.
Liberty Property Trust beats Cole Real Estate Investments on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Cole Real Estate Investments
Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates in two segments: Real Estate Investment (REI) and Private Capital Management (PCM). The Company’s REI segment is conducted through Cole REIT III Operating Partnership, LP (CCPT III OP). The Company’s PCM segment is conducted through Cole Capital Advisors, Inc. (CCA). Through its REI segment, the Company acquires and operates a diverse portfolio of core commercial real estate investments primarily consisting of necessity retail properties located throughout the United States, including United States protectorates. The Company’s PCM segment is responsible for managing the Managed REITs’ affairs on a day-to-day basis, identifying and making acquisitions and investments on the Managed REITs’ behalf. In February 2014, American Realty Capital Properties Inc purchased Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc.
About Liberty Property Trust
Liberty Property Trust (the Trust) is a self-administered and self-managed Maryland real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust’s assets are owned directly or indirectly, and substantially all of the Trust’s operations are conducted directly or indirectly, by its subsidiary, Liberty Property Limited Partnership (the Operating Partnership). The Company’s segments include Carolinas/Richmond; Chicago/Milwaukee; Florida; Houston; Lehigh/Central PA; Minnesota; Philadelphia; Southeastern PA; United Kingdom, and Other, which includes Arizona; Atlanta; Cincinnati/Columbus/Indianapolis; Dallas; DC Metro; New Jersey; Southern California, and other. The Company owns and operates industrial properties nationally and owns and operates office properties in a focused group of office markets. Additionally, the Company owns certain assets in the United Kingdom. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 450 industrial and 55 office properties totaling 86.0 million square feet.
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