First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE: FPO) is one of 90 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare First Potomac Realty Trust to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares First Potomac Realty Trust and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Potomac Realty Trust -7.99% -2.35% -0.94%
First Potomac Realty Trust Competitors 53.44% 6.74% 3.87%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for First Potomac Realty Trust and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Potomac Realty Trust 2 2 1 0 1.80
First Potomac Realty Trust Competitors 646 2554 2210 24 2.30

First Potomac Realty Trust presently has a consensus price target of $11.03, indicating a potential downside of 0.99%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.39%. Given First Potomac Realty Trust’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe First Potomac Realty Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.1% of First Potomac Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.2% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of First Potomac Realty Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.7% 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 stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares First Potomac Realty Trust and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
First Potomac Realty Trust N/A N/A 16.14
First Potomac Realty Trust Competitors $544.77 million $101.33 million 520.94

First Potomac Realty Trust’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than First Potomac Realty Trust. First Potomac Realty 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

First Potomac Realty Trust has a beta of 0.8, indicating that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Potomac Realty Trust’s peers have a beta of 0.78, indicating that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

First Potomac Realty Trust peers beat First Potomac Realty Trust on 9 of the 11 factors compared.

About First Potomac Realty Trust

First Potomac Realty Trust (First Potomac) is engaged in ownership, management, redevelopment and development of office and business park properties in the greater Washington, D.C. region. The Company’s segments include Washington, D.C., Maryland, Northern Virginia and Southern Virginia. The Company conducts its business through First Potomac Realty Investment Limited Partnership, its operating partnership. The Company’s portfolio consist a mix of single-tenant and multi-tenant office properties, and business parks. The office properties are single-story and multi-story buildings that are primarily for office uses, and business parks consists of buildings with office features combined with some industrial property space. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned properties totaling 6.7 million square feet and had a non-controlling ownership interest in properties totaling an additional 0.9 million square feet through five unconsolidated joint ventures.

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