Analyzing Liberty Property Trust (LPT) & Its Competitors

Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LPT) is one of 88 public companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Liberty Property Trust to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Property Trust and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Property Trust 47.78% 11.41% 5.69%
Liberty Property Trust Competitors 51.23% 6.56% 3.74%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.8% of Liberty Property Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.2% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Liberty Property Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.7% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Liberty Property Trust and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Property Trust $746.71 million $356.81 million 18.81
Liberty Property Trust Competitors $544.77 million $101.33 million 453.88

Liberty Property Trust has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Liberty Property Trust 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Liberty Property Trust and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Property Trust 0 4 3 0 2.43
Liberty Property Trust Competitors 642 2459 2151 24 2.30

Liberty Property Trust currently has a consensus target price of $43.40, indicating a potential downside of 2.67%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 9.66%. Given Liberty Property Trust’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Liberty Property Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

Liberty Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Liberty Property Trust pays out 67.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.8% and pay out 161.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Liberty Property Trust has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Liberty Property Trust has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Property Trust’s peers have a beta of 0.79, suggesting that their average stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Liberty Property Trust beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Liberty Property Trust

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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