Financial Survey: First Industrial Realty Trust (FR) versus Terreno Realty Corporation (NYSE:TRNO)

First Industrial Realty Trust (NYSE: FR) and Terreno Realty Corporation (NYSE:TRNO) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitabiliy.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares First Industrial Realty Trust and Terreno Realty Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
First Industrial Realty Trust $386.50 million 9.30 $254.02 million $0.98 30.61
Terreno Realty Corporation $121.16 million 14.74 $66.86 million N/A N/A

First Industrial Realty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Terreno Realty Corporation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.8% of First Industrial Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of First Industrial Realty Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of Terreno Realty Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for First Industrial Realty Trust and Terreno Realty Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Industrial Realty Trust 0 3 1 0 2.25
Terreno Realty Corporation 0 5 4 0 2.44

First Industrial Realty Trust currently has a consensus target price of $29.75, suggesting a potential downside of 0.83%. Terreno Realty Corporation has a consensus target price of $31.93, suggesting a potential downside of 6.40%. Given First Industrial Realty Trust’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe First Industrial Realty Trust is more favorable than Terreno Realty Corporation.

Risk & Volatility

First Industrial Realty Trust has a beta of 1, suggesting that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, Terreno Realty Corporation has a beta of 0.83, suggesting that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares First Industrial Realty Trust and Terreno Realty Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Industrial Realty Trust 29.91% 8.88% 4.12%
Terreno Realty Corporation 20.91% 3.13% 1.94%

Dividends

First Industrial Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Terreno Realty Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. First Industrial Realty Trust pays out 85.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. First Industrial Realty Trust has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Terreno Realty Corporation has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years. First Industrial Realty Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

First Industrial Realty Trust beats Terreno Realty Corporation on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

First Industrial Realty Trust Company Profile

First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust is a self-administered real estate company, which owns, manages, acquires, sells, develops and redevelops industrial real estate. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s in-service portfolio consisted of 215 light industrial properties, 53 research and development (R&D)/flex properties, 167 bulk warehouse properties and 100 regional warehouse properties containing an aggregate of approximately 62.2 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA) located in 23 states. The Company’s in-service portfolio includes all properties that have reached stabilized occupancy, developed and redeveloped properties and acquired properties that are occupied at acquisition or one year from the acquisition date. The Company’s operations are conducted primarily through the First Industrial, L.P. (the Operating Partnership), of which the Company is the sole general partner.

Terreno Realty Corporation Company Profile

Terreno Realty Corporation acquires, owns and operates industrial real estate in coastal markets in the United States, such as Los Angeles, Northern New Jersey/New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Miami and Washington, District of Columbia (D.C.)/Baltimore. The Company invests in a range of industrial real estate, including warehouse/distribution, flex (including light industrial and research and development) and trans-shipment. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 166 buildings aggregating approximately 12 million square feet and five land parcels consisting of 22.8 acres. As of December 31, 2016, its properties were leased to 376 customers. The Company focuses on functional buildings in infill locations that may be shared by multiple tenants and that cater to customer demand within the various submarkets in which it operates.

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