Cousins Properties (CUZ) vs. The Competition Head-To-Head Comparison

Cousins Properties (NYSE: CUZ) is one of 85 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Cousins Properties to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cousins Properties and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cousins Properties $404.83 million $231.38 million 16.33
Cousins Properties Competitors $460.20 million $291.73 million 31.91

Cousins Properties’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Cousins Properties. Cousins 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cousins Properties 49.99% 9.37% 5.93%
Cousins Properties Competitors 45.76% 5.92% 3.27%

Risk and Volatility

Cousins Properties has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cousins Properties’ peers have a beta of 0.81, indicating that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Cousins Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Cousins Properties pays out 42.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.0% and pay out 204.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Cousins Properties has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cousins Properties 0 0 2 0 3.00
Cousins Properties Competitors 747 2725 2247 31 2.27

Cousins Properties currently has a consensus target price of $10.25, indicating a potential upside of 10.10%. As a group, “Commercial REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.67%. Given Cousins Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Cousins Properties is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.1% of shares of all “Commercial REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Cousins Properties shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.5% 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 company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

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

Cousins Properties Company Profile

Cousins Properties Incorporated is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company’s segments include Office, Mixed-Use, Other, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa, Phoenix and Other. It develops, acquires, leases, manages and owns primarily Class A office properties and opportunistic mixed-use developments in Sunbelt markets with a focus on Georgia, Texas and North Carolina. It manages a 15.8 million-square-foot trophy office portfolio in the Sun Belt markets of Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa and Tempe. As of December 31, 2016, its portfolio of real estate assets consisted of interests in 16.2 million square feet of office space and 786,000 square feet of mixed-use space. The Company, through Cousins TRS Services LLC, owns and manages its own real estate portfolio and performs certain real estate related services for other parties. Its properties include Colorado Tower, 816 Congress, Promenade and Gateway Village.

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