Education Realty Trust (NYSE: EDR) is one of 45 publicly-traded companies in the “Residential REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Education Realty Trust to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Education Realty Trust has a beta of 0.45, indicating that its stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Education 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

77.0% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Education Realty Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Education Realty Trust 10.58% 1.83% 1.25%
Education Realty Trust Competitors 24.52% 5.36% 2.18%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Education Realty Trust $310.48 million $143.74 million 83.67
Education Realty Trust Competitors $596.57 million $332.31 million 2.59

Education Realty Trust’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Education Realty Trust. Education 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.

Dividends

Education Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. Education Realty Trust pays out 371.4% 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 139.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Education Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Education Realty Trust and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Education Realty Trust 1 6 5 0 2.33
Education Realty Trust Competitors 181 1212 1246 30 2.42

Education Realty Trust currently has a consensus target price of $41.75, indicating a potential upside of 18.81%. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.76%. Given Education Realty Trust’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Education Realty Trust is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Education Realty Trust peers beat Education Realty Trust on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Education Realty Trust Company Profile

Education Realty Trust, Inc. (EdR) is a self-managed and self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust is engaged in developing, acquiring, owning and managing collegiate housing communities located near university campuses. The Trust operates through three segments: collegiate housing leasing, development consulting services and management services. The Trust develops collegiate housing communities for its own account and also provides third-party development consulting services on collegiate housing development projects for universities and other third parties. As of December 31, 2016, the Trust owned 64 collegiate housing communities located in 22 states containing 32,729 beds in 12,294 apartment units on or near 38 university campuses. As of December 31, 2016, the Trust provided third-party management services for 22 collegiate housing communities located in 11 states containing 11,767 beds in 4,214 apartment units on or near 17 university campuses.

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