Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE: MAA) is one of 45 publicly-traded companies in the “Residential REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Mid-America Apartment Communities to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Mid-America Apartment Communities and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mid-America Apartment Communities 0 3 8 0 2.73
Mid-America Apartment Communities Competitors 183 1226 1265 31 2.42

Mid-America Apartment Communities currently has a consensus price target of $109.30, indicating a potential upside of 4.07%. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.80%. Given Mid-America Apartment Communities’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Mid-America Apartment Communities has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Mid-America Apartment Communities has a beta of 0.35, meaning that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mid-America Apartment Communities’ competitors have a beta of 1.49, meaning that their average stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mid-America Apartment Communities and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Mid-America Apartment Communities $1.13 billion $212.22 million 47.31
Mid-America Apartment Communities Competitors $721.30 million $355.95 million 234.29

Mid-America Apartment Communities has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Mid-America Apartment Communities is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Mid-America Apartment Communities pays an annual dividend of $3.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Mid-America Apartment Communities pays out 156.8% 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 127.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Mid-America Apartment Communities has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Mid-America Apartment Communities lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Mid-America Apartment Communities and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mid-America Apartment Communities 16.73% 4.22% 2.40%
Mid-America Apartment Communities Competitors 21.69% 5.21% 2.01%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.3% of Mid-America Apartment Communities shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.0% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Mid-America Apartment Communities 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 endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Mid-America Apartment Communities competitors beat Mid-America Apartment Communities on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Mid-America Apartment Communities Company Profile

Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. is a multifamily focused, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates, acquires and develops apartment communities primarily located in the Southeast and Southwest regions of the United States. It operates through three segments: Large market same store, Secondary market same store and Non-Same Store and Other. Its Large market same store communities are communities in markets with a population of at least one million and at least 1% of the total public multifamily REIT units that it has owned. Its Secondary market same store communities are communities in markets with populations of more than one million but less than 1% of the total public multifamily REIT units or markets with populations of less than one million that it has owned. Its Non-same store communities and other includes recent acquisitions and communities in development or lease-up communities.

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