Reviewing Liberty Property Trust (LPT) and The Competition
Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LPT) is one of 86 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Liberty Property Trust to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
91.5% of Liberty Property Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.7% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Liberty Property Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Liberty Property Trust and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Liberty Property Trust||$728.41 million||$406.11 million||17.69|
|Liberty Property Trust Competitors||$460.20 million||$291.73 million||32.60|
Liberty Property Trust has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Liberty Property 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.
Liberty Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Liberty Property Trust pays out 68.4% 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. Liberty Property Trust has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Liberty Property Trust and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Liberty Property Trust||1||3||3||0||2.29|
|Liberty Property Trust Competitors||631||2481||2140||22||2.29|
Liberty Property Trust presently has a consensus price target of $42.50, suggesting a potential upside of 2.66%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 5.89%. Given Liberty Property Trust’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Liberty Property Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
This table compares Liberty Property Trust and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Liberty Property Trust||47.24%||11.37%||5.51%|
|Liberty Property Trust Competitors||52.79%||6.81%||3.90%|
Volatility and Risk
Liberty Property Trust has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Property Trust’s competitors have a beta of 0.81, suggesting that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Liberty Property Trust beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.
Liberty Property Trust Company Profile
Liberty Property Trust (the Trust) is a self-administered and self-managed Maryland real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust’s assets are owned directly or indirectly, and substantially all of the Trust’s operations are conducted directly or indirectly, by its subsidiary, Liberty Property Limited Partnership (the Operating Partnership). The Company’s segments include Carolinas/Richmond; Chicago/Milwaukee; Florida; Houston; Lehigh/Central PA; Minnesota; Philadelphia; Southeastern PA; United Kingdom, and Other, which includes Arizona; Atlanta; Cincinnati/Columbus/Indianapolis; Dallas; DC Metro; New Jersey; Southern California, and other. The Company owns and operates industrial properties nationally and owns and operates office properties in a focused group of office markets. Additionally, the Company owns certain assets in the United Kingdom. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 450 industrial and 55 office properties totaling 86.0 million square feet.
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