Reviewing Camden Property Trust (CPT) & Campus Crest Communities (CCG)

Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT) and Campus Crest Communities (NYSE:CCG) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.7% of Camden Property Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of Camden Property Trust shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Camden Property Trust 16.81% 4.71% 2.50%
Campus Crest Communities -31.59% -12.51% -3.56%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Camden Property Trust and Campus Crest Communities, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Camden Property Trust 0 6 9 0 2.60
Campus Crest Communities 0 0 0 0 N/A

Camden Property Trust currently has a consensus price target of $92.73, suggesting a potential downside of 0.29%. Given Camden Property Trust’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Camden Property Trust is more favorable than Campus Crest Communities.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Camden Property Trust and Campus Crest Communities’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Camden Property Trust $876.45 million 9.83 $819.82 million $1.64 56.71
Campus Crest Communities N/A N/A N/A ($0.83) -8.43

Camden Property Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Campus Crest Communities. Campus Crest Communities is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Camden Property Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Camden Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Campus Crest Communities does not pay a dividend. Camden Property Trust pays out 182.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Camden Property Trust has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years and Campus Crest Communities has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Camden Property Trust beats Campus Crest Communities on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Camden Property Trust Company Profile

Camden Property Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the ownership, management, development, redevelopment, acquisition and construction of multifamily apartment communities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned interests in, operated, or were developing 159 multifamily properties, which consisted of 55,366 apartment homes across the United States. The Company also owns land holdings, which it may develop into multifamily communities. The Company’s properties consist of mid-rise buildings or two and three story buildings in a landscaped setting and provide residents with a range of amenities common to multifamily rental properties. The 152 operating properties in which the Company owned interests and operated, as of December 31, 2016, averaged 953 square feet of living area per apartment home. As of December 31, 2016, 137 of its operating properties had over 200 apartment homes.

Campus Crest Communities Company Profile

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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