Comparing Home Properties (HME) and BRT Apartments (BRT)

Home Properties (NYSE: HME) and BRT Apartments (NYSE:BRT) are both residential reits companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation and institutional ownership.


BRT Apartments pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.3%. Home Properties does not pay a dividend. BRT Apartments pays out 248.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Home Properties and BRT Apartments’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Home Properties N/A N/A N/A $2.32 32.43
BRT Apartments $105.77 million 1.53 $13.60 million $0.29 39.48

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

20.9% of BRT Apartments shares are held by institutional investors. 42.9% of BRT Apartments shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Home Properties 18.18% 6.60% 2.87%
BRT Apartments 3.85% 1.80% 0.43%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Home Properties and BRT Apartments, as provided by

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

BRT Apartments has a consensus target price of $12.08, suggesting a potential upside of 5.53%. Given BRT Apartments’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BRT Apartments is more favorable than Home Properties.


BRT Apartments beats Home Properties on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Home Properties Company Profile

Home Properties, Inc. (Home Properties) is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates, acquires and repositions apartment communities in suburbs of metropolitan areas, primarily along the East Coast of the United States. The Company conducts its business through Home Properties, L.P. (the Operating Partnership), and a management company, Home Properties Resident Services, Inc. (HPRS). As of December 31, 2014, the Company owned and operated 121 communities with 42,107 apartment units. The Company’s properties are two- and three-story garden style apartment buildings in landscaped settings and brick or other masonry construction. As of December 31, 2014, approximately 26.6%, 24.9%, 14.0%, 8.5% and 8.5% of the Company’s Properties are located in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Long Island and Northern New Jersey markets, respectively.

BRT Apartments Company Profile

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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