United Dominion Realty Trust (NYSE: UDR) is one of 44 public companies in the “Residential REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare United Dominion Realty Trust to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for United Dominion Realty Trust and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United Dominion Realty Trust 2 9 3 0 2.07
United Dominion Realty Trust Competitors 288 1343 1282 36 2.36

United Dominion Realty Trust currently has a consensus target price of $38.89, suggesting a potential upside of 2.42%. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies have a potential upside of 1.94%. Given United Dominion Realty Trust’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe United Dominion Realty Trust is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares United Dominion Realty Trust and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
United Dominion Realty Trust $979.22 million $616.47 million 34.52
United Dominion Realty Trust Competitors $702.65 million $394.70 million 0.19

United Dominion Realty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. United Dominion Realty Trust is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares United Dominion Realty Trust and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United Dominion Realty Trust 30.74% 10.40% 3.97%
United Dominion Realty Trust Competitors 17.89% 4.84% 1.86%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.6% of United Dominion Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.0% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of United Dominion Realty Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

United Dominion Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. United Dominion Realty Trust pays out 112.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.4% and pay out 119.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. United Dominion Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

United Dominion Realty Trust has a beta of 0.4, indicating that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Dominion Realty Trust’s peers have a beta of 0.57, indicating that their average stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

United Dominion Realty Trust beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About United Dominion Realty Trust

UDR, Inc. is a self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company owns, operates, acquires, renovates, develops, redevelops, disposes of and manages multifamily apartment communities generally located in various markets across the United States. The Company’s segments are Same-Store Communities and Non-Mature Communities/Other. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s consolidated real estate portfolio included 127 communities located in 18 markets, with a total of 39,454 completed apartment homes. As of December 31, 2016, the Company also had an ownership interest in 27 communities containing 6,849 apartment homes through unconsolidated joint ventures or partnerships. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were in various locations, such as Orange County, San Francisco and Los Angeles in California; Seattle, Washington; Richmond, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; Orlando and Tampa in Florida; Nashville, Tennessee, and Dallas and Austin in Texas.

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