CatchMark Timber Trust (NYSE: CTT) is one of 230 public companies in the “Real estate investment trusts” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare CatchMark Timber Trust to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for CatchMark Timber Trust and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CatchMark Timber Trust 0 0 2 0 3.00
CatchMark Timber Trust Competitors 1528 7856 8477 219 2.41

CatchMark Timber Trust presently has a consensus target price of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.79%. As a group, “Real estate investment trusts” companies have a potential upside of 11.54%. Given CatchMark Timber Trust’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CatchMark Timber Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares CatchMark Timber Trust and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CatchMark Timber Trust -14.80% -3.61% -1.90%
CatchMark Timber Trust Competitors 23.63% 7.18% 2.69%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CatchMark Timber Trust and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
CatchMark Timber Trust $91.29 million -$13.51 million -38.56
CatchMark Timber Trust Competitors $794.89 million $176.06 million 14.17

CatchMark Timber Trust’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than CatchMark Timber Trust. CatchMark Timber Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

CatchMark Timber Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. CatchMark Timber Trust pays out -158.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Real estate investment trusts” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.7% and pay out 71.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. CatchMark Timber Trust has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

76.6% of CatchMark Timber Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.8% of shares of all “Real estate investment trusts” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of CatchMark Timber Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Real estate investment trusts” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

CatchMark Timber Trust has a beta of 0.64, indicating that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CatchMark Timber Trust’s rivals have a beta of 0.56, indicating that their average stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

CatchMark Timber Trust rivals beat CatchMark Timber Trust on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

About CatchMark Timber Trust

CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CTT) is a self-administered and self-managed, publicly-traded REIT that strives to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns for all stakeholders through disciplined acquisitions, sustainable harvests and well-timed sales. Headquartered in Atlanta and focused exclusively on timberland ownership, CatchMark began operations in 2007 and owns interests in approximately 520,800 acres of timberlands located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. For more information, visit www.catchmark.com. From time to time, CatchMark releases important information via postings on its corporate website. Accordingly, investors and other interested parties are encouraged to enroll to receive automatic email alerts regarding new postings. Enrollment information is found in the "Investors Relations" section of www.catchmark.com.

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