Gladstone Commercial Corporation (NASDAQ: GOOD) is one of 85 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Gladstone Commercial Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Gladstone Commercial Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Gladstone Commercial Corporation N/A N/A -186.75
Gladstone Commercial Corporation Competitors $482.34 million $305.34 million 32.33

Gladstone Commercial Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Gladstone Commercial Corporation. Gladstone Commercial Corporation 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

49.1% of Gladstone Commercial Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.7% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Gladstone Commercial Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.3% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Gladstone Commercial Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gladstone Commercial Corporation 0 3 2 0 2.40
Gladstone Commercial Corporation Competitors 626 2458 2124 22 2.29

Gladstone Commercial Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $22.50, indicating a potential upside of 0.40%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 5.87%. Given Gladstone Commercial Corporation’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Gladstone Commercial Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

Gladstone Commercial Corporation has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gladstone Commercial Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 0.81, meaning that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Gladstone Commercial Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Gladstone Commercial Corporation pays out -1,250.0% 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. Gladstone Commercial Corporation is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Gladstone Commercial Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gladstone Commercial Corporation 8.15% 3.08% 0.86%
Gladstone Commercial Corporation Competitors 50.87% 6.60% 3.77%

Summary

Gladstone Commercial Corporation competitors beat Gladstone Commercial Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Gladstone Commercial Corporation

Gladstone Commercial Corporation is a real estate investment trust. The Company focuses on acquiring, owning and managing primarily office and industrial properties. The Company also makes long-term industrial and commercial mortgage loans. As of February 15, 2017, the Company owned 95 properties totaling 10.9 million square feet in 24 states. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were located in various states of the United States, such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado and New Jersey. The Company’s properties have tenants from various industries, such as telecommunications; healthcare; automobile; electronics; information technology; chemicals, plastics and rubber; containers, packaging and glass; personal and non-durable consumer products; machinery; banking; childcare; buildings and real estate; beverage, food and tobacco; printing and publishing; education; home and office furnishings, and oil and gas.

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