DCT Industrial Trust (NYSE: DCT) and Prologis (NYSE:AMB) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitabiliy, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.7% of DCT Industrial Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of DCT Industrial Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares DCT Industrial Trust and Prologis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DCT Industrial Trust 17.68% 3.67% 1.90%
Prologis 35.08% 5.51% 2.95%

Dividends

DCT Industrial Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Prologis does not pay a dividend. DCT Industrial Trust pays out 159.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Prologis has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares DCT Industrial Trust and Prologis’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DCT Industrial Trust $408.95 million 12.69 $278.55 million $0.78 72.36
Prologis N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

DCT Industrial Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Prologis.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for DCT Industrial Trust and Prologis, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DCT Industrial Trust 0 5 2 0 2.29
Prologis 0 0 0 0 N/A

DCT Industrial Trust currently has a consensus price target of $51.33, suggesting a potential downside of 9.05%.

DCT Industrial Trust Company Profile

DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (DCT) is an industrial real estate company. The Company specializes in the ownership, acquisition, development, leasing and management of bulk-distribution and light-industrial properties located in various distribution markets in the United States. The Company operates through three segments: East, Central and West. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned interests in approximately 74.0 million square feet of properties leased to various customers, including 64.7 million square feet consisting of 401 consolidated operating properties that were 97.2% occupied; 7.8 million square feet consisting of 23 unconsolidated properties that were 97.8% occupied; 0.3 million square feet consisting of three consolidated properties under redevelopment, and 1.2 million square feet consisting of four consolidated properties. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s total consolidated portfolio consisted of 408 properties with an average size of 162,000 square feet.

Prologis Company Profile

Prologis, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) company. The Company is engaged in logistics real estate business. The Company’s segments include Real Estate Operations and Strategic Capital. The Real estate operations segment consists of rental operations and development. The Company’s strategic capital segment includes asset management services, as well as services performed for unconsolidated co-investment ventures. Its strategic capital segment gives the Company access to third-party capital, both private and public. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or had investments in, on an owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects across 676 million square feet (63 million square meters) in 20 countries spanning four continents.

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