Reviewing Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS) and Campus Crest Communities (CCG)

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


Equity Lifestyle Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.95 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Campus Crest Communities does not pay a dividend. Equity Lifestyle Properties pays out 93.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Equity Lifestyle Properties has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Campus Crest Communities has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Equity Lifestyle Properties and Campus Crest Communities’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Equity Lifestyle Properties $870.43 million 9.07 $173.26 million $2.09 43.01
Campus Crest Communities N/A N/A N/A ($0.83) N/A

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Equity Lifestyle Properties and Campus Crest Communities, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Equity Lifestyle Properties 1 4 0 0 1.80
Campus Crest Communities 0 0 0 0 N/A

Equity Lifestyle Properties currently has a consensus price target of $86.00, indicating a potential downside of 4.34%.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.8% of Equity Lifestyle Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Equity Lifestyle Properties shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Equity Lifestyle Properties 22.52% 21.07% 5.87%
Campus Crest Communities -31.59% -12.51% -3.56%


Equity Lifestyle Properties beats Campus Crest Communities on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Equity Lifestyle Properties Company Profile

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is an owner and operator of lifestyle-oriented properties (properties) consisting primarily of manufactured home (MH) communities and recreational vehicle (RV) resorts and campgrounds. The Company operates through two segments: Property Operations and Home Sales and Rentals Operations. The Property Operations segment owns and operates land lease properties and the Home Sales and Rentals Operations segment purchases, sells and leases homes at the properties. It leases individual developed areas (sites) with access to utilities for placement of factory built homes, cottages, cabins or RVs. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s property portfolio included 391 properties consisted of 146,610 residential sites. Its properties are designed for home options of various sizes and designs that are produced off-site by third-party manufacturers, installed and set on designated sites within the properties.

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.

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