Easterly Government Properties (NYSE: DEA) is one of 78 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Easterly Government Properties to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Easterly Government Properties and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Easterly Government Properties 0 1 1 0 2.50
Easterly Government Properties Competitors 649 2584 2226 24 2.30

Easterly Government Properties presently has a consensus target price of $22.25, suggesting a potential upside of 6.97%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 8.20%. Given Easterly Government Properties’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Easterly Government Properties has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Dividends

Easterly Government Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Easterly Government Properties pays out 1,000.0% 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, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.9% and pay out 185.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Easterly Government Properties and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Easterly Government Properties $104.62 million $3.41 million 208.00
Easterly Government Properties Competitors $544.77 million $101.33 million 558.58

Easterly Government Properties’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Easterly Government Properties. Easterly Government Properties 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.

Profitability

This table compares Easterly Government Properties and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Easterly Government Properties 3.12% 0.54% 0.32%
Easterly Government Properties Competitors 54.67% 6.90% 3.96%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.4% of Easterly Government Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.0% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 15.6% of Easterly Government Properties shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.7% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Easterly Government Properties competitors beat Easterly Government Properties on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

About Easterly Government Properties

Easterly Government Properties, Inc. is an internally managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties that are leased to the United States Government agencies. The Company leases its properties to such agencies through the United States General Services Administration (GSA). The operations of the Company are carried on primarily through Easterly Government Properties, LP and the subsidiaries of the Operating Partnership. As of December 31, 2016, it had 43 operating properties in the United States, including 40 operating properties that are leased primarily to the United States Government tenant agencies and three operating properties that are entirely leased to private tenants, encompassing approximately 3.1 million square feet in the aggregate. In addition, the Company had one property under development encompassing approximately 0.1 million square feet as of December 31, 2016.

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