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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.3% of Mid-America Apartment Communities shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.0% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Mid-America Apartment Communities shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Mid-America Apartment Communities has a beta of 0.35, meaning that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mid-America Apartment Communities’ rivals have a beta of 0.53, meaning that their average stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Mid-America Apartment Communities and its rivals’ 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 25.71% 5.41% 2.03%

Dividends

Mid-America Apartment Communities pays an annual dividend of $3.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. 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 3.5% and pay out 150.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Mid-America Apartment Communities has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Mid-America Apartment Communities lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Mid-America Apartment Communities and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Mid-America Apartment Communities $1.13 billion $212.22 million 47.51
Mid-America Apartment Communities Competitors $721.30 million $355.95 million -43.35

Mid-America Apartment Communities has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Mid-America Apartment Communities is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Mid-America Apartment Communities and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mid-America Apartment Communities 0 3 8 0 2.73
Mid-America Apartment Communities Competitors 187 1229 1283 31 2.42

Mid-America Apartment Communities presently has a consensus target price of $110.30, indicating a potential upside of 4.58%. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies have a potential upside of 23.62%. Given Mid-America Apartment Communities’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Mid-America Apartment Communities has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Mid-America Apartment Communities rivals beat Mid-America Apartment Communities on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Mid-America Apartment Communities Company Profile

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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