Critical Analysis: Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:WRE) vs. Plaza Retail REIT (OTCMKTS:PAZRF)

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:WRE) and Plaza Retail REIT (OTCMKTS:PAZRF) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.2% of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Washington Real Estate Investment Trust and Plaza Retail REIT, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust 0 4 1 0 2.20
Plaza Retail REIT 0 3 1 0 2.25

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust presently has a consensus target price of $25.50, suggesting a potential downside of 3.30%. Plaza Retail REIT has a consensus target price of $4.50, suggesting a potential upside of 23.28%. Given Plaza Retail REIT’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Plaza Retail REIT is more favorable than Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Washington Real Estate Investment Trust and Plaza Retail REIT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust 5.41% -3.95% -2.28%
Plaza Retail REIT N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Washington Real Estate Investment Trust and Plaza Retail REIT’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust $294.12 million 7.59 -$15.68 million $0.14 188.36
Plaza Retail REIT N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Plaza Retail REIT has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust Company Profile

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust engages in the ownership and operation of income-producing real estate properties. It operates through the following segments: Office and Multifamily. The Office segment provides office space for various types of businesses and professions. The Multifamily segment provides rental housing for individuals and families throughout Washington metro region. The company was founded by Arthur A. Birney and Benjamin H. Dorsey in 1960 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Plaza Retail REIT Company Profile

Plaza Retail REIT operates as an open-ended real estate investment trust, which acquires, develops and redevelops unenclosed and enclosed retail real estate in Atlantic Canada, Qu├ębec and Ontario. The company was founded by Michael Zakuta and Earl Brewer in 1999 and is headquartered in Fredericton, Canada.

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