First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE: FPO) is one of 85 public companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare First Potomac Realty Trust to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Dividends

First Potomac Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. First Potomac Realty Trust pays out 58.0% 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 205.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

First Potomac Realty Trust has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Potomac Realty Trust’s peers have a beta of 0.81, suggesting that their average share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.1% of First Potomac Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.7% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of First Potomac Realty Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.3% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
First Potomac Realty Trust $154.33 million $83.35 million 16.15
First Potomac Realty Trust Competitors $482.34 million $305.34 million 32.26

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.

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 26.86% 8.96% 3.32%
First Potomac Realty Trust Competitors 50.87% 6.60% 3.77%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for First Potomac Realty Trust and its peers, as provided 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 626 2461 2125 22 2.29

First Potomac Realty Trust currently has a consensus price target of $11.03, suggesting a potential downside of 0.99%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.18%. Given First Potomac Realty Trust’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe First Potomac Realty Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

First Potomac Realty Trust peers beat First Potomac Realty Trust on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

First Potomac Realty Trust Company Profile

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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