Apartment Investment and Management (NYSE: AIV) and Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp (NYSE:SBY) are both residential reits companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

100.0% of Apartment Investment and Management shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.6% of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Apartment Investment and Management shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Apartment Investment and Management and Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Apartment Investment and Management $995.85 million 7.17 $430.41 million $0.31 146.68
Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp N/A N/A N/A ($0.07) -307.00

Apartment Investment and Management has higher revenue and earnings than Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Apartment Investment and Management, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Apartment Investment and Management and Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apartment Investment and Management 1 5 2 0 2.13
Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp 0 3 0 0 2.00

Apartment Investment and Management currently has a consensus target price of $47.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.36%. Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp has a consensus target price of $20.25, indicating a potential downside of 5.77%. Given Apartment Investment and Management’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Apartment Investment and Management is more favorable than Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Apartment Investment and Management and Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apartment Investment and Management 21.36% 13.81% 3.45%
Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp -5.71% -1.42% -0.61%

Dividends

Apartment Investment and Management pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Apartment Investment and Management pays out 464.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp pays out -742.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Apartment Investment and Management has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years and Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Apartment Investment and Management beats Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Apartment Investment and Management

Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco) is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). Aimco, through its subsidiaries, AIMCO-GP, Inc. and AIMCO-LP Trust, holds the ownership interests in the Aimco Operating Partnership. It operates through two segments: conventional real estate and affordable real estate. As of December 31, 2016, its real estate portfolio consisted of 189 apartment communities with 46,311 apartment homes. Aimco Operating Partnership conducts the Company’s business, which is focused on the ownership, management, redevelopment and limited development of apartment communities located in the coastal and job growth markets of the United States. Its Conventional segment consists of apartment communities it classifies as Conventional Same Store and Conventional Non-Same Store. Its affordable portfolio consists primarily of apartment communities that it manages that are owned through low-income housing tax credit partnerships.

About Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp

Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. is a real estate investment trust. It focuses on the acquisition, renovation, leasing and management of single-family properties in select markets in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, it had owned 9,044 single-family properties in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. Its investments in real estate consist of single-family properties located in various select markets, including Atlanta, Phoenix, Tampa, Charlotte, Orlando, Dallas, Jacksonville, Northern California, Las Vegas, Columbus, Tucson and Southeast Florida. The Charlotte market includes properties in South Carolina due to its proximity to Charlotte, North Carolina. The Northern California market consists of Contra Costa, Napa and Solano counties. The Southeast Florida market consists of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. It conducts business and owns all of its properties through Silver Bay Operating Partnership L.P.

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