PS Business Parks (NYSE: PSB) and Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.


PS Business Parks pays an annual dividend of $3.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Winthrop Realty Trust does not pay a dividend. PS Business Parks pays out 111.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. PS Business Parks has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

PS Business Parks has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Winthrop Realty Trust has a beta of 0.66, indicating that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PS Business Parks and Winthrop Realty Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PS Business Parks $394.93 million 9.03 $261.16 million $3.06 42.84
Winthrop Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

PS Business Parks has higher revenue and earnings than Winthrop Realty Trust.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.3% of PS Business Parks shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of PS Business Parks shares are held by company 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.


This table compares PS Business Parks and Winthrop Realty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PS Business Parks 39.05% 16.50% 7.61%
Winthrop Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for PS Business Parks and Winthrop Realty Trust, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PS Business Parks 1 0 0 0 1.00
Winthrop Realty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

PS Business Parks currently has a consensus target price of $107.00, indicating a potential downside of 18.38%. Given PS Business Parks’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe PS Business Parks is more favorable than Winthrop Realty Trust.


PS Business Parks beats Winthrop Realty Trust on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

PS Business Parks Company Profile

PS Business Parks, Inc. is a self-advised and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates and develops commercial properties, primarily multi-tenant flex, office and industrial parks. It focuses on owning concentrated business parks. PS Business Parks, L.P. (the Operating Partnership) is a California limited partnership, which owns directly or indirectly substantially all of its assets and through, which the Company conducts substantially all of its business. PSB is the partner of the Operating Partnership and, as of December 31, 2016, owned 77.9% of the common partnership units. The remaining common partnership units are owned by Public Storage (PS). As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 28.1 million rentable square feet of commercial space, comprising 99 business parks, in the states, including California, Texas, Virginia, Florida, Maryland and Washington. It also manages 684,000 rentable square feet on behalf of PS.

Winthrop Realty Trust Company Profile

Winthrop Realty Trust (Winthrop) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company conducts its business through its operating partnership, WRT Realty L.P. (Operating Partnership). The Company’s business is owning real property and real estate related assets. The Company has adopted a plan of liquidation. The Company is not permitted to make any new investments other than protective acquisitions or advances with respect to its existing assets, including providing seller financing to purchasers of its assets if it deems it prudent to facilitate the sale of such asset. It is permitted to satisfy any existing contractual obligations, including any capital call requirements and acquisitions or dispositions pursuant to buy-sell provisions under existing joint venture documentation. The Company holds approximately 10 consolidated operating properties, over 10 equity investments, approximately four loans receivable, one secured financing receivable and one loan security.

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