Post Properties (PPS) versus BRT Apartments (NYSE:BRT) Head to Head Comparison

Post Properties (NYSE: PPS) and BRT Apartments (NYSE:BRT) are both financials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Post Properties and BRT Apartments’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Post Properties N/A N/A N/A $1.43 45.47
BRT Apartments $105.77 million 1.57 $13.60 million $0.98 12.12

BRT Apartments has higher revenue and earnings than Post Properties. BRT Apartments is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Post Properties, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Post Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. BRT Apartments pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.1%. Post Properties pays out 131.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. BRT Apartments pays out 73.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. BRT Apartments has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. BRT Apartments is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility and Risk

Post Properties has a beta of 0.14, meaning that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BRT Apartments has a beta of 0.35, meaning that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Post Properties and BRT Apartments, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Post Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A
BRT Apartments 0 1 2 0 2.67

BRT Apartments has a consensus price target of $11.92, suggesting a potential upside of 0.31%. Given BRT Apartments’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BRT Apartments is more favorable than Post Properties.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.3% of Post Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.0% of BRT Apartments shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Post Properties shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 42.9% of BRT Apartments shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Post Properties and BRT Apartments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Post Properties 17.36% 5.79% 3.07%
BRT Apartments 12.86% 6.00% 1.47%

Summary

BRT Apartments beats Post Properties on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Post Properties

Post Properties, Inc. is a self-administrated and self-managed equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s segments include Fully stabilized (same store) communities, which includes apartment communities that have been stabilized for both the current and prior year; Newly stabilized communities, which includes communities that reached stabilized occupancy in the prior year; Lease-up communities, which includes communities that are under development, rehabilitation and in lease-up but were not stabilized by the beginning of the current year, including communities that stabilized during the current year; Acquired communities, which include communities acquired in the current or prior year, and Held for sale and sold communities, which include apartment and mixed-use communities classified as held for sale or sold. Its operating divisions include Post Apartment Management, Post Construction and Property Services, Post Investment Group and Post Corporate Services.

About BRT Apartments

BRT Apartments Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust is focused on the ownership, operation and development of multi-family properties. These activities are primarily conducted through joint ventures in which the Trust has an equity interest in the entity owning the property. The Trust’s segments include Multi-Family Real Estate and Other Assets. The Multi-Family Real Estate segment includes the ownership, operation and development of multi-family properties. The Other Assets segment includes the ownership and operation of the Trust’s other real estate assets and a real estate loan. As of December 31, 2016, the Trust owned 30 multi-family properties with 8,624 units located in 11 states (including 271 units at a property in the lease up stage), and interests in two unconsolidated joint ventures. The Trust also owns and operates various other real estate assets.

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