Boston Properties among REITs: Kind of a Big Deal

Boston Properties is a Boston-based REIT that completed its initial public offering in 1997 and is now the largest publicly traded office REIT in the US.

Peter Barnes - Author

Apr. 27 2021, Updated 3:40 p.m. ET

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A peek at company history

Boston Properties (BXP) was founded in 1970 by Mortimer B. Zuckerman and Edward H. Linde. Headquartered in Boston, the company is structured as an REIT (real estate investment trust) and completed an initial public offering in 1997. The company is now the largest publicly traded office REIT in the United States and is a part of the S&P 500 index.

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Business interests

Boston Properties is a fully integrated, self-administered, and self-managed REIT. The company is primarily engaged in the ownership, management, and development of class A office properties in the US. Although the company’s property portfolio mainly comprised class A office buildings, it also has an interest in residential, retail, and hotel properties.

Boston Properties has particular expertise in developing premium CBD (central business district) office buildings, office centers at suburban markets, and customized projects for clients like the US government and major corporate tenants.

Heavy hitters in office leasing

Boston Properties is one of the largest office REIT companies in the US, with a market capitalization of $19.3 billion. The company competes with a number of other office REITs in the US for rental properties. Competition in the office leasing space is mainly driven by factors such as the following:

  • the quality of properties and services provided to tenants
  • the attractiveness of leasing terms
  • location
  • the reputation of a company operating office properties

Major competitors of Boston Properties in the office REIT space include the following:

  • SL Green Realty Corporation (SLG)
  • Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE)
  • Kilroy Realty Corporation (KRC)
  • Douglas Emmett (DEI)
  • BioMed Realty Trust (BMR)
  • Highwoods Properties (HIW)
  • Paramount Group (PGRE)
  • Equity Commonwealth (EQC)
  • Columbia Property Trust (CXP)

The iShares Cohen & Steers REIT ETF (ICF) invests ~4.6% of its portfolio in Boston Properties.

Series content

  1. Boston Properties among REITs: Kind of a Big Deal
  2. A Full-Frontal Look at Boston Properties: the Proof Is in the Portfolio
  3. Making Sense of Boston Properties’ Geographically Concentrated Portfolio
  4. Why Property Development Matters So Much to Boston Properties
  5. A Nod to Boston Properties’ Key Growth Drivers, Acquisitions and Dispositions
  6. Breaking Down Boston Properties’ Value Creation Strategy
  7. Make No Mistake, Higher Occupancy Levels Are Boosting Boston Properties’ Top-line
  8. Why Boston Properties’ Revenue Growth Keeps Looking So Good
  9. Boston Properties’ Cost Structure, EBITDA Margin, and Other Must-Knows
  10. Sizing up Boston Properties’ Funds from Operations
  11. Boston Properties’ High FFO Payout Ratio, or Why Dividends Matter
  12. The Word on How Boston Properties Maintains Growth Momentum: Leverage
  13. Boston Properties’ Price-to-FFO Multiple Stands Tall among Peers
  14. The Lowdown on Boston Properties’ High EV-to-EBITDA: Investor Takeaways
  15. Now for the Nitty-Gritty: How to Invest in Boston Properties through ETFs

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