Comparing Prologis (NYSE:AMB) & DCT Industrial Trust (DCT)

Prologis (NYSE: AMB) and DCT Industrial Trust (NYSE:DCT) are both financials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.1% of DCT Industrial Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of DCT Industrial Trust shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Prologis and DCT Industrial Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Prologis 37.59% 7.27% 3.85%
DCT Industrial Trust 22.20% 4.69% 2.43%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Prologis and DCT Industrial Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Prologis 0 0 0 0 N/A
DCT Industrial Trust 0 5 2 0 2.29

DCT Industrial Trust has a consensus target price of $51.67, suggesting a potential downside of 9.55%.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Prologis and DCT Industrial Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Prologis N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
DCT Industrial Trust $419.37 million 12.68 $287.84 million $0.99 57.70

DCT Industrial Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Prologis.

Dividends

DCT Industrial Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Prologis does not pay a dividend. DCT Industrial Trust pays out 125.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. DCT Industrial Trust has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

DCT Industrial Trust beats Prologis on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Prologis Company Profile

Prologis, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) company. The Company is engaged in logistics real estate business. The Company’s segments include Real Estate Operations and Strategic Capital. The Real estate operations segment consists of rental operations and development. The Company’s strategic capital segment includes asset management services, as well as services performed for unconsolidated co-investment ventures. Its strategic capital segment gives the Company access to third-party capital, both private and public. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or had investments in, on an owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects across 676 million square feet (63 million square meters) in 20 countries spanning four continents.

DCT Industrial Trust Company Profile

DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (DCT) is an industrial real estate company. The Company specializes in the ownership, acquisition, development, leasing and management of bulk-distribution and light-industrial properties located in various distribution markets in the United States. The Company operates through three segments: East, Central and West. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned interests in approximately 74.0 million square feet of properties leased to various customers, including 64.7 million square feet consisting of 401 consolidated operating properties that were 97.2% occupied; 7.8 million square feet consisting of 23 unconsolidated properties that were 97.8% occupied; 0.3 million square feet consisting of three consolidated properties under redevelopment, and 1.2 million square feet consisting of four consolidated properties. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s total consolidated portfolio consisted of 408 properties with an average size of 162,000 square feet.

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