Reviewing Post Properties (PPS) & Silver Bay Realty Trust (SBY)

Silver Bay Realty Trust (NYSE: SBY) and Post Properties (NYSE:PPS) are both residential reits companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Silver Bay Realty Trust and Post Properties’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Silver Bay Realty Trust N/A N/A N/A ($0.07) N/A
Post Properties N/A N/A N/A $1.43 45.47

Silver Bay Realty Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Post Properties, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.6% of Silver Bay Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.3% of Post Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Silver Bay Realty Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Post Properties shares are owned 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 Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Silver Bay Realty Trust and Post Properties, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silver Bay Realty Trust 0 3 0 0 2.00
Post Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A

Silver Bay Realty Trust presently has a consensus target price of $20.25, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Given Silver Bay Realty Trust’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Silver Bay Realty Trust is more favorable than Post Properties.

Dividends

Silver Bay Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share. Post Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Silver Bay Realty Trust pays out -742.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Post Properties pays out 131.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Silver Bay Realty Trust has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years and Post Properties has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Post Properties is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Silver Bay Realty Trust and Post Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silver Bay Realty Trust -5.71% -1.42% -0.61%
Post Properties 17.36% 5.79% 3.07%

Summary

Post Properties beats Silver Bay Realty Trust on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Silver Bay Realty Trust

Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. is a real estate investment trust. It focuses on the acquisition, renovation, leasing and management of single-family properties in select markets in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, it had owned 9,044 single-family properties in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. Its investments in real estate consist of single-family properties located in various select markets, including Atlanta, Phoenix, Tampa, Charlotte, Orlando, Dallas, Jacksonville, Northern California, Las Vegas, Columbus, Tucson and Southeast Florida. The Charlotte market includes properties in South Carolina due to its proximity to Charlotte, North Carolina. The Northern California market consists of Contra Costa, Napa and Solano counties. The Southeast Florida market consists of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. It conducts business and owns all of its properties through Silver Bay Operating Partnership L.P.

About Post Properties

Post Properties, Inc. is a self-administrated and self-managed equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s segments include Fully stabilized (same store) communities, which includes apartment communities that have been stabilized for both the current and prior year; Newly stabilized communities, which includes communities that reached stabilized occupancy in the prior year; Lease-up communities, which includes communities that are under development, rehabilitation and in lease-up but were not stabilized by the beginning of the current year, including communities that stabilized during the current year; Acquired communities, which include communities acquired in the current or prior year, and Held for sale and sold communities, which include apartment and mixed-use communities classified as held for sale or sold. Its operating divisions include Post Apartment Management, Post Construction and Property Services, Post Investment Group and Post Corporate Services.

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