Reviewing Education Realty Trust (EDR) and The Competition

Education Realty Trust (NYSE: EDR) is one of 43 public companies in the “Residential REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Education Realty Trust to related companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Education Realty Trust and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Education Realty Trust 1 6 6 0 2.38
Education Realty Trust Competitors 186 1217 1246 32 2.42

Education Realty Trust presently has a consensus target price of $41.33, suggesting a potential upside of 11.98%. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.17%. Given Education Realty Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Education Realty Trust is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.7% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Education Realty Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Education Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Education Realty Trust pays out 339.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.4% and pay out 158.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Education Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Education Realty Trust 11.33% 2.01% 1.32%
Education Realty Trust Competitors 20.43% 4.09% 1.62%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Education Realty Trust and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Education Realty Trust $288.97 million $44.92 million 80.24
Education Realty Trust Competitors $721.30 million $355.95 million 16.91

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

Volatility & Risk

Education Realty Trust has a beta of 0.42, indicating that its stock price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Education Realty Trust’s competitors have a beta of 0.51, indicating that their average stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

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

About Education Realty Trust

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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