Associated Estates Realty (AEC) vs. Post Properties (PPS) Financial Survey

Associated Estates Realty (NYSE: AEC) and Post Properties (NYSE:PPS) are both financials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.3% of Post Properties shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Post Properties shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Associated Estates Realty and Post Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Associated Estates Realty 60.04% 18.10% 7.71%
Post Properties 17.36% 5.79% 3.07%

Dividends

Post Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Associated Estates Realty does not pay 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. Associated Estates Realty has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years and Post Properties has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Associated Estates Realty and Post Properties, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Associated Estates Realty 0 0 0 0 N/A
Post Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Associated Estates Realty and Post Properties’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Associated Estates Realty N/A N/A N/A $1.20 23.96
Post Properties N/A N/A N/A $1.43 45.47

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

Associated Estates Realty Company Profile

Associated Estates Realty Corporation is a self-administered and self-managed equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged primarily in the ownership and operation of multifamily apartment units. It specializes in multifamily ownership, operation, acquisition, development, disposition and property management activities. Its operating portfolio consists of approximately 49 apartment communities containing around 12,734 units in eight states that are owned, either directly or indirectly, through its subsidiaries. It also owns a commercial building in Los Angeles, California containing approximately 78,800 total square feet of office and commercial space. The Company also earns revenue from rental payments from the leasing of apartment units. It owns a taxable REIT subsidiary, which performs construction management services in connection with the development of multifamily properties that it owns, including consolidated and unconsolidated joint ventures.

Post Properties Company Profile

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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