Financial Contrast: BTB Real Estate Investment Trust (OTCMKTS:BTBIF) and Cousins Properties (NYSE:CUZ)

Cousins Properties (NYSE:CUZGet Free Report) and BTB Real Estate Investment Trust (OTCMKTS:BTBIFGet Free Report) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Cousins Properties and BTB Real Estate Investment Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cousins Properties 10.33% 1.81% 1.09%
BTB Real Estate Investment Trust N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Cousins Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. BTB Real Estate Investment Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 18.1%. Cousins Properties pays out 232.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. BTB Real Estate Investment Trust pays out 88.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. BTB Real Estate Investment Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cousins Properties and BTB Real Estate Investment Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cousins Properties $802.87 million 4.48 $82.96 million $0.55 43.11
BTB Real Estate Investment Trust N/A N/A N/A $0.46 4.90

Cousins Properties has higher revenue and earnings than BTB Real Estate Investment Trust. BTB Real Estate Investment Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cousins Properties, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.7% of BTB Real Estate Investment Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Cousins Properties shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Cousins Properties and BTB Real Estate Investment Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cousins Properties 2 1 5 0 2.38
BTB Real Estate Investment Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cousins Properties currently has a consensus target price of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.22%. Given Cousins Properties’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Cousins Properties is more favorable than BTB Real Estate Investment Trust.

Summary

Cousins Properties beats BTB Real Estate Investment Trust on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cousins Properties

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Cousins Properties Incorporated ("Cousins") is a fully integrated, self-administered, and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company, based in Atlanta and acting through its operating partnership, Cousins Properties LP, primarily invests in Class A office buildings located in high-growth Sun Belt markets. Founded in 1958, Cousins creates shareholder value through its extensive expertise in the development, acquisition, leasing, and management of high-quality real estate assets. The Company has a comprehensive strategy in place based on a simple platform, trophy assets, and opportunistic investments.

About BTB Real Estate Investment Trust

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BTB is a real estate investment trust listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. BTB is a property owner active in Canada and owns 77 properties, representing a total leasable area of approximately 6.1 million square feet and a total asset value that surpasses $1.2 billion. BTB offers a distribution reinvestment plan to unitholders whereby the participants may elect to have their monthly cash distribution reinvested in additional units of BTB at a price based on the weighted average price for BTB's Units on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the five trading days immediately preceding the distribution date, discounted by 3%.

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