Apartment Investment and Management (NYSE: AIV) and Education Realty Trust (NYSE:EDR) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Dividends

Apartment Investment and Management pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Education Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Apartment Investment and Management pays out 113.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Education Realty Trust pays out 371.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Apartment Investment and Management has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years and Education Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Apartment Investment and Management and Education Realty Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Apartment Investment and Management $980.21 million 7.24 $576.30 million $1.27 35.61
Education Realty Trust $310.48 million 9.22 $143.74 million $0.42 93.15

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Apartment Investment and Management and Education Realty Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apartment Investment and Management 2 4 2 0 2.00
Education Realty Trust 1 7 5 0 2.31

Apartment Investment and Management presently has a consensus price target of $46.38, indicating a potential upside of 2.55%. Education Realty Trust has a consensus price target of $44.67, indicating a potential upside of 14.18%. Given Education Realty Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Education Realty Trust is more favorable than Apartment Investment and Management.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apartment Investment and Management 20.64% 12.46% 3.29%
Education Realty Trust 10.58% 1.83% 1.25%

Risk and Volatility

Apartment Investment and Management has a beta of 0.45, meaning that its stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Education Realty Trust has a beta of 0.44, meaning that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.3% of Apartment Investment and Management shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Apartment Investment and Management shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Education Realty Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Apartment Investment and Management beats Education Realty Trust on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Apartment Investment and Management Company Profile

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.

Education Realty Trust Company Profile

Education Realty Trust, Inc. (EdR) is a self-managed and self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust is engaged in developing, acquiring, owning and managing collegiate housing communities located near university campuses. The Trust operates through three segments: collegiate housing leasing, development consulting services and management services. The Trust develops collegiate housing communities for its own account and also provides third-party development consulting services on collegiate housing development projects for universities and other third parties. As of December 31, 2016, the Trust owned 64 collegiate housing communities located in 22 states containing 32,729 beds in 12,294 apartment units on or near 38 university campuses. As of December 31, 2016, the Trust provided third-party management services for 22 collegiate housing communities located in 11 states containing 11,767 beds in 4,214 apartment units on or near 17 university campuses.

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