Head-To-Head Review: Piedmont Office Realty Trust (PDM) vs. Brookfield Asset Management (BAM)

Piedmont Office Realty Trust (NYSE: PDM) and Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE:BAM) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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88.2% of Piedmont Office Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.5% of Brookfield Asset Management shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Piedmont Office Realty Trust shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Piedmont Office Realty Trust and Brookfield Asset Management’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Piedmont Office Realty Trust 23.26% 1.16% 0.58%
Brookfield Asset Management 3.58% 2.05% 0.81%

Dividends

Piedmont Office Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Brookfield Asset Management pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Piedmont Office Realty Trust pays out 48.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Piedmont Office Realty Trust has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Brookfield Asset Management has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Piedmont Office Realty Trust and Brookfield Asset Management’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Piedmont Office Realty Trust $574.17 million 4.16 $133.56 million $1.75 10.10
Brookfield Asset Management $40.79 billion 0.91 $1.46 billion N/A N/A

Brookfield Asset Management has higher revenue and earnings than Piedmont Office Realty Trust.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Piedmont Office Realty Trust and Brookfield Asset Management, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Piedmont Office Realty Trust 1 1 1 0 2.00
Brookfield Asset Management 0 0 6 0 3.00

Piedmont Office Realty Trust presently has a consensus target price of $20.67, indicating a potential upside of 16.96%. Brookfield Asset Management has a consensus target price of $48.42, indicating a potential upside of 24.27%. Given Brookfield Asset Management’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Brookfield Asset Management is more favorable than Piedmont Office Realty Trust.

Volatility & Risk

Piedmont Office Realty Trust has a beta of 0.61, indicating that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brookfield Asset Management has a beta of 1.03, indicating that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Brookfield Asset Management beats Piedmont Office Realty Trust on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Piedmont Office Realty Trust Company Profile

Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: PDM) is an owner, manager, developer, and operator of high-quality, Class A office properties in select submarkets located primarily within eight major U.S. office markets. Its geographically-diversified, almost $5 billion portfolio is currently comprised of approximately 17 million square feet. The Company is a fully-integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) with local management offices in each of its major markets and is investment-grade rated by Standard & Poor's (BBB) and Moody's (Baa2). For more information, see www.piedmontreit.com.

Brookfield Asset Management Company Profile

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Its property business includes owning and managing office properties, developing master planned residential communities, and offering clients bridge and mezzanine lending, alternative assets funds, and financial and advisory services. Through its subsidiaries, the firm operates hydroelectric power facilities, interconnections and transmission facilities in Northeast North America, and development of wind power in Canada. Through its subsidiaries, it invests in specialty funds including private equity and makes direct investments in real estate, energy, and resource assets. The firm launches and manages equity and fixed income mutual funds. It also manages real estate and hedge funds. The firm invests in equity and fixed income markets across the globe. It was formerly known as Brascan Corp. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is based in Toronto, Canada with additional offices in Bogota, Colombia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Calgary, Canada, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Gatineau, Canada, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, London, United Kingdom, Melbourne, Australia, Montreal, Canada, Mumbai, India, New York City, Perth, Australia, Shanghai, China, and Sydney, Australia.

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