Contrasting Investors Real Estate Trust (IRET) & Its Rivals

Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is one of 230 publicly-traded companies in the “Real estate investment trusts” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Investors Real Estate Trust to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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57.6% of Investors Real Estate Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.2% of shares of all “Real estate investment trusts” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Investors Real Estate Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.5% of shares of all “Real estate investment trusts” companies are held by company 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.

Volatility & Risk

Investors Real Estate Trust has a beta of 0.74, meaning that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Investors Real Estate Trust’s rivals have a beta of 0.56, meaning that their average share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Investors Real Estate Trust and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Investors Real Estate Trust 82.22% -3.73% -1.33%
Investors Real Estate Trust Competitors 23.79% 7.15% 2.68%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Investors Real Estate Trust and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Investors Real Estate Trust $205.74 million $43.34 million 11.28
Investors Real Estate Trust Competitors $794.88 million $176.08 million 13.89

Investors Real Estate Trust’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Investors Real Estate Trust. Investors Real Estate Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Investors Real Estate Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. Investors Real Estate Trust pays out 59.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Real estate investment trusts” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.8% and pay out 71.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Investors Real Estate Trust is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Investors Real Estate Trust and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Investors Real Estate Trust 0 1 0 0 2.00
Investors Real Estate Trust Competitors 1509 7781 8416 218 2.41

Investors Real Estate Trust currently has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.21%. As a group, “Real estate investment trusts” companies have a potential upside of 13.75%. Given Investors Real Estate Trust’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Investors Real Estate Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Investors Real Estate Trust rivals beat Investors Real Estate Trust on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

Investors Real Estate Trust Company Profile

IRET is a real estate company focused on the ownership, management, acquisition, redevelopment, and development of multifamily apartment communities. As of January 31, 2018, IRET owned interests in 89 multifamily properties consisting of 13,786 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).

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