Analyzing Education Realty Trust (EDR) and AmeriCold Realty Trust (COLD)

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

Analyst Ratings

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

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

Education Realty Trust presently has a consensus target price of $41.93, suggesting a potential upside of 1.06%. AmeriCold Realty Trust has a consensus target price of $21.43, suggesting a potential downside of 13.98%. Given Education Realty Trust’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Education Realty Trust is more favorable than AmeriCold Realty Trust.

Profitability

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

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Education Realty Trust and AmeriCold Realty Trust’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Education Realty Trust $331.07 million 10.10 $47.44 million $1.90 21.84
AmeriCold Realty Trust $1.54 billion 2.32 -$600,000.00 N/A N/A

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

Dividends

Education Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. AmeriCold Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. 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 and Institutional Ownership

60.3% of AmeriCold Realty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Education Realty Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

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

About Education Realty Trust

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.

About AmeriCold Realty Trust

Americold is the world's largest owner and operator of temperature-controlled warehouses. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Americold owns and operates 158 temperature-controlled warehouses, with approximately 934 million 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.

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