Comparing Education Realty Trust (EDR) & Bluerock Residential Growth REIT (BRG)

Education Realty Trust (NYSE: EDR) and Bluerock Residential Growth REIT (NYSE:BRG) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

Education Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT does not pay a dividend. Education Realty Trust pays out 371.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Education Realty Trust and Bluerock Residential Growth REIT’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Education Realty Trust $310.48 million 8.30 $143.74 million $0.42 83.84
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT $106.99 million 2.59 $47.01 million N/A N/A

Education Realty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Bluerock Residential Growth REIT.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Education Realty Trust and Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Education Realty Trust 1 6 5 0 2.33
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT 0 1 2 0 2.67

Education Realty Trust currently has a consensus target price of $42.63, indicating a potential upside of 21.06%. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT has a consensus target price of $13.42, indicating a potential upside of 17.18%. Given Education Realty Trust’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Education Realty Trust is more favorable than Bluerock Residential Growth REIT.

Profitability

This table compares Education Realty Trust and Bluerock Residential Growth REIT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Education Realty Trust 10.58% 1.83% 1.25%
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT 128.54% 30.92% 10.01%

Summary

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT beats Education Realty Trust on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Education Realty Trust

Education Realty Trust, Inc. (EdR) is a self-managed and self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust is engaged in developing, acquiring, owning and managing collegiate housing communities located near university campuses. The Trust operates through three segments: collegiate housing leasing, development consulting services and management services. The Trust develops collegiate housing communities for its own account and also provides third-party development consulting services on collegiate housing development projects for universities and other third parties. As of December 31, 2016, the Trust owned 64 collegiate housing communities located in 22 states containing 32,729 beds in 12,294 apartment units on or near 38 university campuses. As of December 31, 2016, the Trust provided third-party management services for 22 collegiate housing communities located in 11 states containing 11,767 beds in 4,214 apartment units on or near 17 university campuses.

About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company is focused on acquiring a portfolio of residential real estate assets. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of interests in 31 properties (21 operating and 10 development properties). As of December 31, 2016, its properties contained an aggregate of 9,570 units, consisting of 6,972 operating units and 2,598 units under development. As of December 31, 2016, its operating properties included ARIUM at Palmer Ranch, Sarasota; ARIUM Grandewood, Orlando; ARIUM Gulfshore, Naples; ARIUM Palms, Orlando; ARIUM Pine Lakes, Port St. Lucie; ARIUM Westside, Atlanta; Ashton Reserve, Charlotte; Enders at Baldwin Park, Orlando; Fox Hill, Austin; Lansbrook Village, Palm Harbor; Legacy at Southpark, Austin; Nevadan, Atlanta; Roswell City Walk, Roswell; Sorrel, Frisco; Sovereign, Fort Worth; The Preserve at Henderson Beach, Destin; Village Green of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, and Whetstone, Durham.

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