Reviewing W. P. Carey (WPC) and Its Peers

W. P. Carey (NYSE: WPC) is one of 233 public companies in the “Real estate investment trusts” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare W. P. Carey to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.


This table compares W. P. Carey and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
W. P. Carey 38.04% 8.33% 3.44%
W. P. Carey Competitors 23.40% 6.62% 2.62%

Volatility & Risk

W. P. Carey has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, W. P. Carey’s competitors have a beta of 0.56, suggesting that their average stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.


W. P. Carey pays an annual dividend of $4.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.2%. W. P. Carey pays out 76.6% 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, “Real estate investment trusts” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.7% and pay out 71.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. W. P. Carey has increased its dividend for 17 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

49.4% of W. P. Carey shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.3% of shares of all “Real estate investment trusts” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of W. P. Carey shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.0% of shares of all “Real estate investment trusts” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares W. P. Carey and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
W. P. Carey $848.30 million $277.28 million 12.32
W. P. Carey Competitors $797.45 million $175.01 million 14.48

W. P. Carey has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. W. P. Carey is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for W. P. Carey and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
W. P. Carey 1 3 1 0 2.00
W. P. Carey Competitors 1640 8115 8717 242 2.40

W. P. Carey presently has a consensus price target of $70.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.16%. As a group, “Real estate investment trusts” companies have a potential upside of 10.98%. Given W. P. Carey’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe W. P. Carey has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


W. P. Carey competitors beat W. P. Carey on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

W. P. Carey Company Profile

Celebrating its 45th anniversary, W. P. Carey Inc. is a leading internally-managed net lease REIT that provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit financing solutions primarily for companies in the U.S. and Europe. At December 31, 2017, the Company had an enterprise value of approximately $11.5 billion. In addition to its owned portfolio of diversified global real estate, W. P. Carey manages a series of investment programs. Its corporate finance-focused credit and real estate underwriting process is a constant that has been successfully leveraged across a wide variety of industries and property types. Furthermore, its portfolio of long-term leases with creditworthy tenants has an established history of generating stable cash flows, enabling it to deliver consistent and rising dividend income to investors for over four decades.

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