Excel Trust (NYSE: EXL) and First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE:FPO) are both financials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Dividends

First Potomac Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Excel Trust does not pay a dividend. First Potomac Realty Trust pays out 58.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Excel Trust has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Excel Trust and First Potomac Realty Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Excel Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
First Potomac Realty Trust 2 2 0 0 1.50

First Potomac Realty Trust has a consensus target price of $10.79, suggesting a potential downside of 2.90%. Given First Potomac Realty Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe First Potomac Realty Trust is more favorable than Excel Trust.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.4% of First Potomac Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of First Potomac Realty Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Excel Trust and First Potomac Realty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Excel Trust 9.45% 0.65% 0.88%
First Potomac Realty Trust 26.86% 8.96% 3.32%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Excel Trust and First Potomac Realty Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Excel Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
First Potomac Realty Trust $154.33 million 4.23 $83.35 million $0.69 16.10

First Potomac Realty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Excel Trust.

Summary

First Potomac Realty Trust beats Excel Trust on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Excel Trust

Excel Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is a vertically integrated, self-administered, self-managed real estate firm with the principal objective of acquiring, financing, developing, leasing, owning and managing community and power centers, grocery anchored neighborhood centers and freestanding retail properties. It operates through three segments: retail properties, multi-family properties and office properties. It owns approximately 38 consolidated retail operating properties with a total of approximately 7.2 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). The multi-family segment consists of apartment units at one retail property, West Broad Village, which is located in Richmond, Virginia. The office segment consists of two properties, Excel Centre, a portion of which is utilized as its headquarters, and the Promenade Corporate Center. These office properties total approximately 338,339 square feet of GLA.

About First Potomac Realty Trust

First Potomac Realty Trust (First Potomac) is engaged in ownership, management, redevelopment and development of office and business park properties in the greater Washington, D.C. region. The Company’s segments include Washington, D.C., Maryland, Northern Virginia and Southern Virginia. The Company conducts its business through First Potomac Realty Investment Limited Partnership, its operating partnership. The Company’s portfolio consist a mix of single-tenant and multi-tenant office properties, and business parks. The office properties are single-story and multi-story buildings that are primarily for office uses, and business parks consists of buildings with office features combined with some industrial property space. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned properties totaling 6.7 million square feet and had a non-controlling ownership interest in properties totaling an additional 0.9 million square feet through five unconsolidated joint ventures.

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