Contrasting Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit (PRLE) & Cousins Properties (CUZ)

Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit (OTCMKTS:PRLE) and Cousins Properties (NYSE:CUZ) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit has a beta of 0.32, meaning that its share price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cousins Properties has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit and Cousins Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cousins Properties 0 1 2 0 2.67

Cousins Properties has a consensus price target of $9.92, suggesting a potential upside of 16.67%. Given Cousins Properties’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cousins Properties is more favorable than Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit.

Profitability

This table compares Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit and Cousins Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit N/A 2.59% 0.57%
Cousins Properties 19.01% 3.12% 2.12%

Dividends

Cousins Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit does not pay a dividend. Cousins Properties pays out 42.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cousins Properties has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit and Cousins Properties’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit $16.76 million 0.06 $210,000.00 N/A N/A
Cousins Properties $466.18 million 7.67 $216.27 million $0.61 13.93

Cousins Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit.

Summary

Cousins Properties beats Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Paragon Real Estate Equity Reit

Paragon Real Estate Equity and Investment Trust does not have significant operations. It primarily focuses on searching for and reviewing real estate opportunities, including land development, retail, office, industrial, hotel, other real estate investment and operating companies, and joint venture investments. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas with an additional office in Cleveland, Ohio.

About Cousins Properties

Cousins Properties is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company, based in Atlanta, GA and acting through its operating partnership, Cousins Properties LP, primarily invests in Class A office towers 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.

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