Piedmont Office Realty Trust (PDM) and Sampo (SAXPY) Critical Survey

Piedmont Office Realty Trust (NYSE: PDM) and Sampo (OTCMKTS:SAXPY) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Profitability

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This table compares Piedmont Office Realty Trust and Sampo’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Piedmont Office Realty Trust 23.26% 1.16% 0.58%
Sampo N/A 18.01% 5.20%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Piedmont Office Realty Trust and Sampo, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Piedmont Office Realty Trust 1 1 1 0 2.00
Sampo 1 0 1 0 2.00

Piedmont Office Realty Trust currently has a consensus price target of $20.67, suggesting a potential upside of 16.50%. Given Piedmont Office Realty Trust’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Piedmont Office Realty Trust is more favorable than Sampo.

Dividends

Piedmont Office Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Sampo pays an annual dividend of $1.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Piedmont Office Realty Trust pays out 48.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Piedmont Office Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Piedmont Office Realty Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Risk & Volatility

Piedmont Office Realty Trust has a beta of 0.61, indicating that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sampo has a beta of 0.73, indicating that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Piedmont Office Realty Trust and Sampo’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Piedmont Office Realty Trust $574.17 million 4.17 $133.56 million $1.75 10.14
Sampo $7.82 billion 4.08 $2.50 billion N/A N/A

Sampo has higher revenue and earnings than Piedmont Office Realty Trust.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.2% of Piedmont Office Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Sampo shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Piedmont Office Realty Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Piedmont Office Realty Trust beats Sampo on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: PDM) is an owner, manager, developer, and operator of high-quality, Class A office properties in select submarkets located primarily within eight major U.S. office markets. Its geographically-diversified, almost $5 billion portfolio is currently comprised of approximately 17 million square feet. The Company is a fully-integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) with local management offices in each of its major markets and is investment-grade rated by Standard & Poor's (BBB) and Moody's (Baa2). For more information, see www.piedmontreit.com.

About Sampo

Sampo Oyj, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty (P&C), and life insurance products and services in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Baltic countries. The company’s P&C Insurance segment offers insurance products, including household, homeowner, motor, and accident insurance, as well as various supplementary insurances, such as travel, boat, forest, and livestock insurance to private customers; commercial insurance products, which comprise property, liability, casualty, and cargo insurance, to companies; and P&C insurances to private and corporate customers. Its Life Insurance segment provides wealth management, rewards, and risk insurance for private and corporate customers, as well as unit-linked insurance and group pension insurance products. Sampo Oyj was founded in 1909 and is based in Helsinki, Finland.

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