Equity Lifestyle Properties (NYSE: ELS) is one of 44 public companies in the “Residential REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Equity Lifestyle Properties to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Equity Lifestyle Properties has a beta of 0.32, indicating that its stock price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Equity Lifestyle Properties’ competitors have a beta of 0.61, indicating that their average stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Equity Lifestyle Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.95 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Equity Lifestyle Properties pays out 97.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.3% and pay out 119.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Equity Lifestyle Properties has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Equity Lifestyle Properties and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Equity Lifestyle Properties $897.06 million $426.41 million 43.68
Equity Lifestyle Properties Competitors $677.83 million $380.21 million 0.98

Equity Lifestyle Properties has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Equity Lifestyle Properties is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.7% of Equity Lifestyle Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.9% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.1% of Equity Lifestyle Properties 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 is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Equity Lifestyle Properties and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Equity Lifestyle Properties 22.00% 20.64% 5.66%
Equity Lifestyle Properties Competitors 18.92% 5.16% 1.99%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Equity Lifestyle Properties and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Equity Lifestyle Properties 1 2 0 0 1.67
Equity Lifestyle Properties Competitors 288 1334 1272 36 2.36

Equity Lifestyle Properties presently has a consensus price target of $83.33, suggesting a potential downside of 5.08%. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies have a potential upside of 1.05%. Given Equity Lifestyle Properties’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Equity Lifestyle Properties has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Equity Lifestyle Properties beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Equity Lifestyle Properties

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is an owner and operator of lifestyle-oriented properties (properties) consisting primarily of manufactured home (MH) communities and recreational vehicle (RV) resorts and campgrounds. The Company operates through two segments: Property Operations and Home Sales and Rentals Operations. The Property Operations segment owns and operates land lease properties and the Home Sales and Rentals Operations segment purchases, sells and leases homes at the properties. It leases individual developed areas (sites) with access to utilities for placement of factory built homes, cottages, cabins or RVs. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s property portfolio included 391 properties consisted of 146,610 residential sites. Its properties are designed for home options of various sizes and designs that are produced off-site by third-party manufacturers, installed and set on designated sites within the properties.

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