Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR) and Campus Crest Communities (NYSE:CCG) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.1% of Equity Residential shares are held by institutional investors. 3.8% of Equity Residential shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Equity Residential and Campus Crest Communities, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Equity Residential 1 9 4 0 2.21
Campus Crest Communities 0 0 0 0 N/A

Equity Residential currently has a consensus target price of $69.15, suggesting a potential downside of 0.14%. Given Equity Residential’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Equity Residential is more favorable than Campus Crest Communities.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Equity Residential 30.88% 7.22% 3.66%
Campus Crest Communities -31.59% -12.51% -3.56%

Dividends

Equity Residential pays an annual dividend of $2.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Campus Crest Communities does not pay a dividend. Equity Residential pays out 99.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Campus Crest Communities has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Equity Residential and Campus Crest Communities’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Equity Residential $2.43 billion 10.49 $4.29 billion $2.04 33.95
Campus Crest Communities N/A N/A N/A ($0.83) -8.43

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

Summary

Equity Residential beats Campus Crest Communities on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Equity Residential

Equity Residential is a real estate investment trust. The Company’s primary business is the acquisition, development and management of multifamily residential properties. Its segments include Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Southern California, San Francisco, Seattle and Other Markets. Southern California includes Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County. Other Markets includes Phoenix. It is engaged in leasing of apartment units to residents. It focuses on rental apartment properties in urban and high-density suburban coastal gateway markets. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 302 properties located in 10 states and the District of Columbia consisting of 77,458 apartment units. The Company’s projects include The Alton, 455 Eye Street, 855 Brannan, Cascade, One Henry Adams, 340 Fremont and Vista 99. ERP Operating Limited Partnership (ERPOP) conducts the multifamily residential property business of Equity Residential.

About Campus Crest Communities

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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