Campus Crest Communities (NYSE: CCG) and AvalonBay Communities (NYSE:AVB) are both residential reits companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Dividends

AvalonBay Communities pays an annual dividend of $5.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Campus Crest Communities does not pay a dividend. AvalonBay Communities pays out 88.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Campus Crest Communities has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years and AvalonBay Communities has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.9% of AvalonBay Communities shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of AvalonBay Communities shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Campus Crest Communities and AvalonBay Communities’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Campus Crest Communities N/A N/A N/A ($0.83) -8.43
AvalonBay Communities $2.05 billion 12.66 $1.03 billion $6.40 29.30

AvalonBay Communities has higher revenue and earnings than Campus Crest Communities. Campus Crest Communities is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AvalonBay Communities, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Campus Crest Communities and AvalonBay Communities, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Campus Crest Communities 0 0 0 0 N/A
AvalonBay Communities 1 8 8 0 2.41

AvalonBay Communities has a consensus price target of $198.79, suggesting a potential upside of 6.01%. Given AvalonBay Communities’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe AvalonBay Communities is more favorable than Campus Crest Communities.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Campus Crest Communities -31.59% -12.51% -3.56%
AvalonBay Communities 41.55% 8.66% 4.94%

Summary

AvalonBay Communities beats Campus Crest Communities on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

AvalonBay Communities Company Profile

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is focused on the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership and operation of multifamily communities primarily in New England, the New York/New Jersey metro area, the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and Northern and Southern California. Its segments include Established Communities, Other Stabilized Communities and Development/Redevelopment Communities. As of June 30, 2017, the Company owned or held a direct or indirect ownership interest in 287 apartment communities containing 83,123 apartment homes in 10 states and the District of Columbia, of which 23 communities were under development and nine communities were under redevelopment. It operates its apartment communities under three core brands: Avalon, AVA and Eaves by Avalon. Its real estate investments consist of operating apartment communities, communities in various stages of development (Development Communities) and Development Rights.

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