Post Properties (NYSE: PPS) and Campus Crest Communities (NYSE:CCG) are both financials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Post Properties and Campus Crest Communities, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Post Properties 0 4 1 0 2.20
Campus Crest Communities 0 0 0 0 N/A

Post Properties presently has a consensus target price of $66.38, suggesting a potential upside of 2.08%. Given Post Properties’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Post Properties is more favorable than Campus Crest Communities.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Post Properties and Campus Crest Communities’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Post Properties N/A N/A N/A $1.43 45.47
Campus Crest Communities N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Post Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Campus Crest Communities does not pay a dividend. Post Properties pays out 131.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Post Properties has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years and Campus Crest Communities has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.3% of Post Properties shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Post Properties shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Post Properties and Campus Crest Communities’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Post Properties 17.36% 5.79% 3.07%
Campus Crest Communities -31.59% -12.51% -3.56%

Summary

Post Properties beats Campus Crest Communities on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Post Properties Company Profile

Post Properties, Inc. is a self-administrated and self-managed equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s segments include Fully stabilized (same store) communities, which includes apartment communities that have been stabilized for both the current and prior year; Newly stabilized communities, which includes communities that reached stabilized occupancy in the prior year; Lease-up communities, which includes communities that are under development, rehabilitation and in lease-up but were not stabilized by the beginning of the current year, including communities that stabilized during the current year; Acquired communities, which include communities acquired in the current or prior year, and Held for sale and sold communities, which include apartment and mixed-use communities classified as held for sale or sold. Its operating divisions include Post Apartment Management, Post Construction and Property Services, Post Investment Group and Post Corporate Services.

Campus Crest Communities Company Profile

Campus Crest Communities, Inc. is a United States-based real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in owning and managing a student housing portfolio located close to college campuses. It operates through three segments: Grove and evo operations, Copper Beech operations and property management services. It operates its properties under brands, including The Grove, Copper Beech and evo. It has ownership interests in over 40 student housing Grove properties equipped with approximately 9,100 apartment units and over 24,700 beds. It holds ownership interests in over three evo properties as joint ventures equipped with approximately 1,500 units and over 3,000 beds. It holds interest in over 30 Copper Beech properties equipped with approximately 4,500 units and over 12,200 beds, and ownership interests in over five properties with approximately 1,700 units and over 4,300 beds. It has ownership interests in approximately 80 student housing properties across North America.

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