Comparing Easterly Government Properties (NYSE:DEA) and QTS Realty Trust (NYSE:QTS)

Easterly Government Properties (NYSE:DEA) and QTS Realty Trust (NYSE:QTS) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Easterly Government Properties and QTS Realty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Easterly Government Properties 2.15% 0.35% 0.21%
QTS Realty Trust 3.41% 1.46% 0.55%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Easterly Government Properties and QTS Realty Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Easterly Government Properties $160.59 million 7.82 $5.70 million $1.17 15.78
QTS Realty Trust $450.52 million 5.47 -$4.46 million $2.60 17.16

Easterly Government Properties has higher earnings, but lower revenue than QTS Realty Trust. Easterly Government Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than QTS Realty Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.0% of Easterly Government Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.1% of Easterly Government Properties shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of QTS Realty Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Easterly Government Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. QTS Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Easterly Government Properties pays out 88.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. QTS Realty Trust pays out 67.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Easterly Government Properties has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years and QTS Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Easterly Government Properties and QTS Realty Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Easterly Government Properties 0 1 3 0 2.75
QTS Realty Trust 0 2 4 0 2.67

Easterly Government Properties currently has a consensus price target of $21.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.76%. QTS Realty Trust has a consensus price target of $47.25, suggesting a potential upside of 5.89%. Given Easterly Government Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Easterly Government Properties is more favorable than QTS Realty Trust.

Volatility & Risk

Easterly Government Properties has a beta of 0.63, indicating that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QTS Realty Trust has a beta of 0.63, indicating that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

QTS Realty Trust beats Easterly Government Properties on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Easterly Government Properties Company Profile

Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (NYSE:DEA) is based in Washington, D.C., and focuses primarily on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties that are leased to the U.S. Government. Easterly's experienced management team brings specialized insight into the strategy and needs of mission-critical U.S. Government agencies for properties leased to such agencies either directly or through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

QTS Realty Trust Company Profile

QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 6 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space throughout North America. Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities. QTS owns, operates or manages 25 data centers and supports more than 1,100 Core customers primarily in North America.

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