OUTFRONT Media (NYSE: OUT) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialized REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare OUTFRONT Media to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares OUTFRONT Media and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
OUTFRONT Media $1.51 billion $90.90 million 28.74
OUTFRONT Media Competitors $957.09 million $112.54 million 80.65

OUTFRONT Media has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. OUTFRONT Media 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.

Profitability

This table compares OUTFRONT Media and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
OUTFRONT Media 7.71% 9.57% 3.12%
OUTFRONT Media Competitors 25.87% 7.30% 2.55%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for OUTFRONT Media and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
OUTFRONT Media 0 2 4 0 2.67
OUTFRONT Media Competitors 31 242 638 23 2.70

OUTFRONT Media presently has a consensus price target of $30.17, suggesting a potential upside of 24.97%. As a group, “Specialized REITs” companies have a potential upside of 15.09%. Given OUTFRONT Media’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe OUTFRONT Media is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.4% of OUTFRONT Media shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.8% of shares of all “Specialized REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of OUTFRONT Media shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.7% of shares of all “Specialized REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

OUTFRONT Media has a beta of 1.15, meaning that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OUTFRONT Media’s peers have a beta of 0.90, meaning that their average stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

OUTFRONT Media pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.0%. OUTFRONT Media pays out 171.4% 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, “Specialized REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.4% and pay out 254.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. OUTFRONT Media is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

OUTFRONT Media beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

OUTFRONT Media Company Profile

OUTFRONT Media Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT), which provides advertising space (displays) on out-of-home advertising structures and sites in the United States and Canada. The Company’s segments are U.S. Media and Other. The U.S. Media segment includes U.S. Billboard and Transit. The Other segment includes International and Sports Marketing. The Company’s inventory consists of billboard displays, which are primarily located on the heavily traveled highways and roadways in Nielsen Designated Market Areas (DMAs), and transit advertising displays operated under multi-year contracts with municipalities in cities across the United States and Canada. The Company also has marketing and multimedia rights agreements with colleges, universities and other educational institutions, which entitle the Company to operate on-campus advertising displays, as well as manage marketing opportunities, media rights and experiential entertainment at sports events.

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