Contrasting Global Self Storage (NASDAQ:SELF) and Apartment Investment and Management (NASDAQ:AIV)

Apartment Investment and Management (NYSE:AIV) and Global Self Storage (NASDAQ:SELF) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.9% of Apartment Investment and Management shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.9% of Global Self Storage shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Apartment Investment and Management shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.9% of Global Self Storage shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Apartment Investment and Management and Global Self Storage’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Apartment Investment and Management $914.29 million 6.05 $474.08 million $2.50 14.87
Global Self Storage $8.67 million 4.24 $580,000.00 N/A N/A

Apartment Investment and Management has higher revenue and earnings than Global Self Storage.

Profitability

This table compares Apartment Investment and Management and Global Self Storage’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apartment Investment and Management 22.75% 11.34% 3.10%
Global Self Storage 0.54% 0.12% 0.08%

Risk & Volatility

Apartment Investment and Management has a beta of 0.85, suggesting that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Self Storage has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Apartment Investment and Management pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. Global Self Storage pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.6%. Apartment Investment and Management pays out 65.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Apartment Investment and Management has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Apartment Investment and Management and Global Self Storage, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apartment Investment and Management 1 6 2 0 2.11
Global Self Storage 0 0 1 0 3.00

Apartment Investment and Management presently has a consensus price target of $47.50, indicating a potential upside of 27.76%. Global Self Storage has a consensus price target of $4.75, indicating a potential upside of 20.87%. Given Apartment Investment and Management’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Apartment Investment and Management is more favorable than Global Self Storage.

Summary

Apartment Investment and Management beats Global Self Storage on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Apartment Investment and Management

Aimco is a real estate investment trust focused on the ownership and management of quality apartment communities located in select markets in the United States. Aimco is one of the country's largest owners and operators of apartments, with ownership interests in 132 communities in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Aimco common shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol AIV, and are included in the S&P 500.

About Global Self Storage

Global Self Storage, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed REIT that owns, operates, manages, acquires, develops and redevelops self storage properties in the United States. The Company's self storage properties are designed to offer affordable, easily accessible and secure storage space for residential and commercial customers. It currently owns and operates, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, eleven self storage properties located in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.

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