Bluerock Residential Growth REIT (NYSE: BRG) and Essex Property Trust (NYSE:ESS) are both financials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Dividends

Essex Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $7.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT does not pay a dividend. Essex Property Trust pays out 90.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT has raised its dividend for 23 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.5% of Essex Property Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 3.3% of Essex Property Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Bluerock Residential Growth REIT and Essex Property Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT 128.54% 30.92% 10.01%
Essex Property Trust 38.33% 8.03% 4.11%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Bluerock Residential Growth REIT and Essex Property Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT 0 1 2 0 2.67
Essex Property Trust 2 9 7 0 2.28

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT presently has a consensus price target of $13.62, indicating a potential upside of 23.90%. Essex Property Trust has a consensus price target of $266.57, indicating a potential upside of 5.62%. Given Bluerock Residential Growth REIT’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Bluerock Residential Growth REIT is more favorable than Essex Property Trust.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Bluerock Residential Growth REIT and Essex Property Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Essex Property Trust $1.37 billion 12.16 $932.45 million $7.78 32.44

Essex Property Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Bluerock Residential Growth REIT.

Summary

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT beats Essex Property Trust on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company is focused on acquiring a portfolio of residential real estate assets. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of interests in 31 properties (21 operating and 10 development properties). As of December 31, 2016, its properties contained an aggregate of 9,570 units, consisting of 6,972 operating units and 2,598 units under development. As of December 31, 2016, its operating properties included ARIUM at Palmer Ranch, Sarasota; ARIUM Grandewood, Orlando; ARIUM Gulfshore, Naples; ARIUM Palms, Orlando; ARIUM Pine Lakes, Port St. Lucie; ARIUM Westside, Atlanta; Ashton Reserve, Charlotte; Enders at Baldwin Park, Orlando; Fox Hill, Austin; Lansbrook Village, Palm Harbor; Legacy at Southpark, Austin; Nevadan, Atlanta; Roswell City Walk, Roswell; Sorrel, Frisco; Sovereign, Fort Worth; The Preserve at Henderson Beach, Destin; Village Green of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, and Whetstone, Durham.

About Essex Property Trust

Essex Property Trust, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged primarily in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development and redevelopment of predominantly apartment communities, located along the West Coast. Its segments include Southern California, Northern California, Seattle Metro and Other real estate assets. The Company owns all of its interest in its real estate and other investments directly or indirectly through Essex Portfolio, L.P. (the Operating Partnership). Its properties include Mio, Form 15, Emerson Valley Village and Ashton Sherman Village. As of December 31, 2016, it owned or held an interest in 245 communities, aggregating 59,645 apartment homes, excluding its ownership in preferred equity investments, as well as two operating commercial buildings (totaling approximately 140,564 square feet), and six active development projects with 2,223 apartment homes in various stages of development.

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