Head to Head Survey: AvalonBay Communities (AVB) & Campus Crest Communities (CCG)

AvalonBay Communities (NYSE: AVB) and Campus Crest Communities (NYSE:CCG) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for AvalonBay Communities and Campus Crest Communities, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AvalonBay Communities 1 8 8 0 2.41
Campus Crest Communities 0 0 0 0 N/A

AvalonBay Communities presently has a consensus price target of $197.50, suggesting a potential upside of 9.32%. Given AvalonBay Communities’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe AvalonBay Communities is more favorable than Campus Crest Communities.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AvalonBay Communities 47.90% 9.88% 5.64%
Campus Crest Communities -31.59% -12.51% -3.56%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.5% of AvalonBay Communities shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of AvalonBay Communities shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


AvalonBay Communities pays an annual dividend of $5.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Campus Crest Communities does not pay a dividend. AvalonBay Communities pays out 78.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. AvalonBay Communities has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Campus Crest Communities has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares AvalonBay Communities and Campus Crest Communities’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AvalonBay Communities $2.05 billion 12.14 $1.30 billion $7.27 24.85
Campus Crest Communities N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

AvalonBay Communities has higher revenue and earnings than Campus Crest Communities.


AvalonBay Communities beats Campus Crest Communities on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AvalonBay Communities

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is focused on the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership and operation of multifamily communities primarily in New England, the New York/New Jersey metro area, the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and Northern and Southern California. Its segments include Established Communities, Other Stabilized Communities and Development/Redevelopment Communities. As of June 30, 2017, the Company owned or held a direct or indirect ownership interest in 287 apartment communities containing 83,123 apartment homes in 10 states and the District of Columbia, of which 23 communities were under development and nine communities were under redevelopment. It operates its apartment communities under three core brands: Avalon, AVA and Eaves by Avalon. Its real estate investments consist of operating apartment communities, communities in various stages of development (Development Communities) and Development Rights.

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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