Reviewing Corporate Office Properties Trust (OFC) and Equity Commonwealth (EQC)

Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC) and Equity Commonwealth (NYSE:EQC) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Corporate Office Properties Trust and Equity Commonwealth, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Corporate Office Properties Trust 2 7 0 0 1.78
Equity Commonwealth 0 2 0 0 2.00

Corporate Office Properties Trust currently has a consensus target price of $33.33, indicating a potential upside of 1.01%. Equity Commonwealth has a consensus target price of $32.50, indicating a potential upside of 5.25%. Given Equity Commonwealth’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Equity Commonwealth is more favorable than Corporate Office Properties Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Corporate Office Properties Trust and Equity Commonwealth’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Corporate Office Properties Trust 15.86% 6.55% 2.48%
Equity Commonwealth 28.50% 3.69% 2.52%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.5% of Equity Commonwealth shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Corporate Office Properties Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Equity Commonwealth shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Corporate Office Properties Trust and Equity Commonwealth’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Corporate Office Properties Trust $578.09 million 5.65 $290.41 million $0.73 45.21
Equity Commonwealth $409.33 million 9.36 $194.30 million $0.86 35.91

Corporate Office Properties Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Equity Commonwealth. Equity Commonwealth is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Corporate Office Properties Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Corporate Office Properties Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Equity Commonwealth does not pay a dividend. Corporate Office Properties Trust pays out 150.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

Corporate Office Properties Trust has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Equity Commonwealth has a beta of 0.13, suggesting that its share price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Equity Commonwealth beats Corporate Office Properties Trust on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Corporate Office Properties Trust

Corporate Office Properties Trust is a fully-integrated and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, manages, leases, develops and acquires office and data center properties. The Company’s segments are Defense/IT Locations; Regional Office; operating wholesale data center, and other. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties included 164 operating office properties totaling 17.2 million square feet, including 13 triple-net leased, single-tenant data center properties; 11 office properties under construction or redevelopment; 1,028 acres of land controlled for future development, and a wholesale data center with a critical load of 19.25 megawatts. The Company conducts all of its operations through Corporate Office Properties, L.P. (COPLP) and subsidiaries (collectively, the Operating Partnership). COPLP owns real estate both directly and through subsidiary partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs).

About Equity Commonwealth

Equity Commonwealth is an internally managed and self-advised real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged in the ownership and operation primarily of office buildings across the United States. The Company conducts its activities primarily through EQC Operating Trust (the Operating Trust). As of August 14, 2017, the Company’s portfolio included 20 properties and 11 million square feet. As of December 31, 2016, its properties included Parkshore Plaza; 1225 Seventeenth Street; 1601 Dry Creek Drive; 97 Newberry Road; 33 Stiles Lane; 802 Delaware Avenue; 6600 North Military Trail; East Eisenhower Parkway; 2250 Pilot Knob Road; 411 Farwell Avenue; Cherrington Corporate Center; 1500 Market Street; Foster Plaza; 4515 Seton Center Parkway; Bridgepoint Square, and Research Park. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s land parcels included 625 Crane Street and Cabot Business Park Land.

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