Associated Estates Realty (NYSE: AEC) is one of 42 publicly-traded companies in the “Residential REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Associated Estates Realty to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.3% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.1% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Associated Estates Realty and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Associated Estates Realty 0 0 0 0 N/A
Associated Estates Realty Competitors 202 1256 1288 34 2.42

As a group, “Residential REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.13%. Given Associated Estates Realty’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Associated Estates Realty has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Associated Estates Realty and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Associated Estates Realty 60.04% 18.10% 7.71%
Associated Estates Realty Competitors 20.52% 4.13% 1.60%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Associated Estates Realty and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Associated Estates Realty N/A N/A 23.96
Associated Estates Realty Competitors $673.89 million $325.00 million 39.34

Associated Estates Realty’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Associated Estates Realty. Associated Estates Realty is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Associated Estates Realty peers beat Associated Estates Realty on 5 of the 8 factors compared.

About Associated Estates Realty

Associated Estates Realty Corporation is a self-administered and self-managed equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged primarily in the ownership and operation of multifamily apartment units. It specializes in multifamily ownership, operation, acquisition, development, disposition and property management activities. Its operating portfolio consists of approximately 49 apartment communities containing around 12,734 units in eight states that are owned, either directly or indirectly, through its subsidiaries. It also owns a commercial building in Los Angeles, California containing approximately 78,800 total square feet of office and commercial space. The Company also earns revenue from rental payments from the leasing of apartment units. It owns a taxable REIT subsidiary, which performs construction management services in connection with the development of multifamily properties that it owns, including consolidated and unconsolidated joint ventures.

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