Kilroy Realty Corporation Stock Downgraded (KRC)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • KRC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 11.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • The gross profit margin for KILROY REALTY CORP is rather low; currently it is at 18.80%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.04% significantly trails the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 96.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $75.48 million to $2.41 million.
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Kilroy Realty Corporation is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, development, and management of properties. It invests in the real estate markets of Southern California. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Kilroy has a market cap of $4.16 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 19.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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