Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) and Highwoods Properties (NYSE:HIW) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitabiliy, earnings and valuation.
This table compares Brandywine Realty Trust and Highwoods Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets Brandywine Realty Trust 4.67% 1.48% 0.68% Highwoods Properties 18.79% 5.96% 2.82%
Volatility and Risk
Brandywine Realty Trust has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Highwoods Properties has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
97.9% of Highwoods Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of Brandywine Realty Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Highwoods Properties shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge