Analyzing Investors Real Estate Trust Reit (IRET) and Bluerock Residential Growth REIT (BRG)

Investors Real Estate Trust Reit (NYSE:IRET) and Bluerock Residential Growth REIT (NASDAQ:BRG) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.5% of Investors Real Estate Trust Reit shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Investors Real Estate Trust Reit shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Investors Real Estate Trust Reit and Bluerock Residential Growth REIT’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Investors Real Estate Trust Reit $169.74 million 4.13 $116.78 million $3.80 15.42
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Investors Real Estate Trust Reit has higher revenue and earnings than Bluerock Residential Growth REIT.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Investors Real Estate Trust Reit and Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Investors Real Estate Trust Reit 0 1 1 0 2.50
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT 0 0 2 0 3.00

Dividends

Investors Real Estate Trust Reit pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT pays an annual dividend of $0.65 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.0%. Investors Real Estate Trust Reit pays out 73.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Investors Real Estate Trust Reit and Bluerock Residential Growth REIT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Investors Real Estate Trust Reit 63.45% -5.78% -2.42%
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT beats Investors Real Estate Trust Reit on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Investors Real Estate Trust Reit

IRET is a real estate company focused on the ownership, management, acquisition, redevelopment, and development of apartment communities. As of December 31, 2018, IRET owned interests in 87 apartment communities consisting of 13,702 apartment homes. IRET's common shares and Series C preferred shares are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE symbols: IRET and IRET PRC, respectively).

About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE American: BRG) is a real estate investment trust that focuses on developing and acquiring a diversified portfolio of institutional-quality highly amenitized live/work/play apartment communities in demographically attractive knowledge economy growth markets to appeal to the renter by choice. The Company's objective is to generate value through off-market/relationship-based transactions and, at the asset level, through Core+ improvements to properties and operations. The Company is included in the Russell 2000 and Russell 3000 Indexes. BRG has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.bluerockresidential.com.

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