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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Government Properties Income Trust and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Government Properties Income Trust 3 0 1 0 1.50
Government Properties Income Trust Competitors 749 2737 2254 31 2.27

Government Properties Income Trust currently has a consensus price target of $18.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.39%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.74%. Given Government Properties Income Trust’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Government Properties Income Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Government Properties Income Trust and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Government Properties Income Trust N/A N/A -8.16
Government Properties Income Trust Competitors $482.34 million $305.34 million 31.73

Government Properties Income Trust’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Government Properties Income Trust. Government Properties Income Trust 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.

Profitability

This table compares Government Properties Income Trust and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Government Properties Income Trust 4.64% 5.16% 0.55%
Government Properties Income Trust Competitors 46.19% 6.04% 3.36%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

68.7% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.5% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Government Properties Income Trust has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Government Properties Income Trust’s competitors have a beta of 0.81, meaning that their average share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Government Properties Income Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.3%. Government Properties Income Trust pays out -76.1% 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 204.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Government Properties Income Trust is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Government Properties Income Trust competitors beat Government Properties Income Trust on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

Government Properties Income Trust Company Profile

Government Properties Income Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates through two segments: ownership of properties that are primarily leased to government tenants and its equity method investment in Select Income REIT (SIR). The Company’s properties are located in areas, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New Mexico. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 73 properties (95 buildings). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were located in 31 states and the District of Columbia, and contained approximately 11.4 million rentable square feet.

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