Post Properties (PPS) & American Residential Properties (ARPI) Critical Contrast

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

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares Post Properties and American Residential Properties’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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
American Residential Properties N/A N/A N/A ($1.40) -11.35

American Residential Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Post Properties, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.3% of Post Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Post Properties 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.

Profitability

This table compares Post Properties and American Residential Properties’ 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%
American Residential Properties -38.70% -9.17% -3.64%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Post Properties and American Residential Properties, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Post Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A
American Residential Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Post Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. American Residential Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. 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. American Residential Properties pays out -28.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. American Residential Properties has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Summary

Post Properties beats American Residential Properties on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Post Properties Company Profile

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.

American Residential Properties Company Profile

American Residential Properties, Inc. is an internally managed real estate investment company, which is organized as a real estate investment trust. The Company acquires, owns, renovates, and manages single-family homes as rental properties. American Residential Properties OP, L.P. acts as its operating partnership. American Residential Leasing Company, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of its operating partnership. The Company owns 8,893 properties in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas that were 81% leased, and it managed an additional 437 properties for ARP Phoenix Fund I, LP in Arizona and Nevada. In addition to its primary business, the Company has a private mortgage financing business.

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