Mid-America Apartment Communities (MAA) vs. Its Competitors Head to Head Survey

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

Profitability

This table compares Mid-America Apartment Communities and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mid-America Apartment Communities 16.73% 4.22% 2.40%
Mid-America Apartment Communities Competitors 25.15% 5.37% 2.16%

Volatility and Risk

Mid-America Apartment Communities has a beta of 0.37, indicating that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mid-America Apartment Communities’ competitors have a beta of 0.57, indicating that their average stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.0% of Mid-America Apartment Communities shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.0% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Mid-America Apartment Communities shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Mid-America Apartment Communities and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mid-America Apartment Communities 0 3 7 0 2.70
Mid-America Apartment Communities Competitors 181 1215 1253 30 2.42

Mid-America Apartment Communities presently has a consensus target price of $109.11, indicating a potential upside of 6.61%. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.93%. Given Mid-America Apartment Communities’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Mid-America Apartment Communities has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Mid-America Apartment Communities and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Mid-America Apartment Communities $1.35 billion $761.51 million 46.10
Mid-America Apartment Communities Competitors $653.39 million $367.19 million 2.61

Mid-America Apartment Communities has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Mid-America Apartment Communities 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.

Dividends

Mid-America Apartment Communities pays an annual dividend of $3.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Mid-America Apartment Communities pays out 156.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.4% and pay out 143.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Mid-America Apartment Communities has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Mid-America Apartment Communities beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Mid-America Apartment Communities

Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. is a multifamily focused, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates, acquires and develops apartment communities primarily located in the Southeast and Southwest regions of the United States. It operates through three segments: Large market same store, Secondary market same store and Non-Same Store and Other. Its Large market same store communities are communities in markets with a population of at least one million and at least 1% of the total public multifamily REIT units that it has owned. Its Secondary market same store communities are communities in markets with populations of more than one million but less than 1% of the total public multifamily REIT units or markets with populations of less than one million that it has owned. Its Non-same store communities and other includes recent acquisitions and communities in development or lease-up communities.

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