Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP) is one of 20 public companies in the “Office REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Boston Properties to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Boston Properties and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Boston Properties 18.18% 5.98% 2.44%
Boston Properties Competitors 5.41% 1.37% 0.69%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Boston Properties and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Boston Properties $2.57 billion $1.51 billion 41.80
Boston Properties Competitors $672.08 million $356.91 million 59.23

Boston Properties has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Boston Properties 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.6% of Boston Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.6% of shares of all “Office REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.2% of Boston Properties shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of shares of all “Office REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Boston Properties pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Boston Properties pays out 102.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Office REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.4% and pay out 249.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Boston Properties and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Boston Properties 0 8 4 0 2.33
Boston Properties Competitors 173 641 619 10 2.32

Boston Properties currently has a consensus target price of $134.55, indicating a potential upside of 9.49%. As a group, “Office REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.79%. Given Boston Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Boston Properties is more favorable than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Boston Properties has a beta of 0.64, suggesting that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Boston Properties’ peers have a beta of 0.91, suggesting that their average share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Boston Properties beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Boston Properties Company Profile

Boston Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company is an owner and developer of office properties in the United States. Its segments by geographic area are Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Its segments by property type include Office, Residential and Hotel. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or had interests in 174 commercial real estate properties, aggregating approximately 47.7 million net rentable square feet of primarily Class A office properties, including eight properties under construction/redevelopment totaling approximately 4.0 million net rentable square feet. As of December 31, 2016, its properties consisted of 164 Office properties (including six properties under construction/redevelopment); one hotel; five retail properties, and four residential properties (including two under construction). Its tenant base includes sectors, such as media technology, legal services, government/public administration and retail.

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