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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for AmeriCold Realty Trust and Education Realty Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AmeriCold Realty Trust 0 2 5 0 2.71
Education Realty Trust 1 3 5 0 2.44

AmeriCold Realty Trust currently has a consensus price target of $23.86, indicating a potential downside of 6.00%. Education Realty Trust has a consensus price target of $41.93, indicating a potential upside of 1.06%. Given Education Realty Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Education Realty Trust is more favorable than AmeriCold Realty Trust.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AmeriCold Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A
Education Realty Trust 38.30% 6.70% 4.16%

Dividends

AmeriCold Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Education Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Education Realty Trust pays out 82.1% 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 has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Education Realty Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

60.3% of AmeriCold Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares AmeriCold Realty Trust and Education Realty Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AmeriCold Realty Trust $1.54 billion 2.36 -$600,000.00 N/A N/A
Education Realty Trust $331.07 million 10.10 $47.44 million $1.90 21.84

Education Realty Trust has lower revenue, but higher earnings than AmeriCold Realty Trust.

Summary

Education Realty Trust beats AmeriCold Realty Trust on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

AmeriCold Realty Trust Company Profile

Americold is the world's largest owner and operator of temperature-controlled warehouses. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Americold owns and operates 156 temperature-controlled warehouses, with approximately 924 million refrigerated cubic feet of storage, in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Argentina. Americold's facilities are an integral component of the supply chain connecting food producers, processors, distributors and retailers to consumers. Americold serves approximately 2,400 customers and employs approximately 11,000 associates worldwide.

Education Realty Trust Company Profile

A leader in the collegiate housing industry since 1964, EdR is one of the largest developers, owners and managers of high-quality collegiate housing communities. EdR is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDR). As a REIT, we create and own properties that will bring value to our portfolio and stockholders for a long time. Our projects are built to last and to be profitable for many years to come.

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