Equity Lifestyle Properties (NYSE: ELS) is one of 44 publicly-traded companies in the “Residential REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Equity Lifestyle Properties to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Dividends

Equity Lifestyle Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.95 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Equity Lifestyle Properties pays out 97.0% 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 119.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Equity Lifestyle Properties has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Equity Lifestyle Properties and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Equity Lifestyle Properties 1 2 0 0 1.67
Equity Lifestyle Properties Competitors 288 1336 1274 36 2.36

Equity Lifestyle Properties presently has a consensus target price of $83.33, indicating a potential downside of 3.21%. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies have a potential upside of 2.66%. Given Equity Lifestyle Properties’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Equity Lifestyle Properties has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Equity Lifestyle Properties has a beta of 0.32, meaning that its share price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Equity Lifestyle Properties’ peers have a beta of 0.61, meaning that their average share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Equity Lifestyle Properties and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Equity Lifestyle Properties 22.00% 20.64% 5.66%
Equity Lifestyle Properties Competitors 19.05% 5.17% 2.00%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Equity Lifestyle Properties and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Equity Lifestyle Properties $897.06 million $426.41 million 42.84
Equity Lifestyle Properties Competitors $702.65 million $394.70 million 1.03

Equity Lifestyle Properties has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Equity Lifestyle Properties is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.7% of Equity Lifestyle Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.3% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.1% of Equity Lifestyle Properties 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 large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Equity Lifestyle Properties beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Equity Lifestyle Properties

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.

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