Head-To-Head Contrast: Boston Properties (BXP) and Its Peers

Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Office REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Boston Properties to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Boston Properties and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Boston Properties 18.18% 5.98% 2.44%
Boston Properties Competitors 5.62% 1.41% 0.71%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Boston Properties and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Boston Properties 0 9 4 0 2.31
Boston Properties Competitors 114 518 553 3 2.37

Boston Properties presently has a consensus target price of $134.17, suggesting a potential upside of 4.82%. As a group, “Office REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.88%. Given Boston Properties’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Boston Properties has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

Boston Properties pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Boston Properties pays out 102.0% 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, “Office REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.3% and pay out 249.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.6% of Boston Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.4% of shares of all “Office REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of Boston Properties shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of shares of all “Office REITs” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Boston Properties and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Boston Properties $2.57 billion $1.51 billion 43.54
Boston Properties Competitors $648.15 million $343.67 million 61.05

Boston Properties has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Boston Properties 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.

Risk & Volatility

Boston Properties has a beta of 0.65, indicating that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Boston Properties’ peers have a beta of 0.90, indicating that their average stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Boston Properties beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Boston Properties

Boston Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company is an owner and developer of office properties in the United States. Its segments by geographic area are Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Its segments by property type include Office, Residential and Hotel. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or had interests in 174 commercial real estate properties, aggregating approximately 47.7 million net rentable square feet of primarily Class A office properties, including eight properties under construction/redevelopment totaling approximately 4.0 million net rentable square feet. As of December 31, 2016, its properties consisted of 164 Office properties (including six properties under construction/redevelopment); one hotel; five retail properties, and four residential properties (including two under construction). Its tenant base includes sectors, such as media technology, legal services, government/public administration and retail.

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