Bluerock Residential Growth REIT (NYSE: BRG) and Apartment Investment and Management (NYSE:AIV) are both financials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Dividends

Apartment Investment and Management pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT does not pay a dividend. Apartment Investment and Management pays out 113.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.4% of Apartment Investment and Management shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Apartment Investment and Management shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Bluerock Residential Growth REIT and Apartment Investment and Management, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT 0 1 1 0 2.50
Apartment Investment and Management 2 3 2 0 2.00

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT presently has a consensus price target of $13.00, suggesting a potential upside of 28.84%. Apartment Investment and Management has a consensus price target of $46.43, suggesting a potential upside of 2.29%. Given Bluerock Residential Growth REIT’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Bluerock Residential Growth REIT is more favorable than Apartment Investment and Management.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Bluerock Residential Growth REIT and Apartment Investment and Management’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apartment Investment and Management $980.21 million 7.27 $576.30 million $1.27 35.74

Apartment Investment and Management has higher revenue and earnings than Bluerock Residential Growth REIT.

Profitability

This table compares Bluerock Residential Growth REIT and Apartment Investment and Management’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT 128.54% 30.92% 10.01%
Apartment Investment and Management 20.64% 12.46% 3.29%

Summary

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT beats Apartment Investment and Management on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT Company Profile

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company is focused on acquiring a portfolio of residential real estate assets. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of interests in 31 properties (21 operating and 10 development properties). As of December 31, 2016, its properties contained an aggregate of 9,570 units, consisting of 6,972 operating units and 2,598 units under development. As of December 31, 2016, its operating properties included ARIUM at Palmer Ranch, Sarasota; ARIUM Grandewood, Orlando; ARIUM Gulfshore, Naples; ARIUM Palms, Orlando; ARIUM Pine Lakes, Port St. Lucie; ARIUM Westside, Atlanta; Ashton Reserve, Charlotte; Enders at Baldwin Park, Orlando; Fox Hill, Austin; Lansbrook Village, Palm Harbor; Legacy at Southpark, Austin; Nevadan, Atlanta; Roswell City Walk, Roswell; Sorrel, Frisco; Sovereign, Fort Worth; The Preserve at Henderson Beach, Destin; Village Green of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, and Whetstone, Durham.

Apartment Investment and Management Company Profile

Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco) is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). Aimco, through its subsidiaries, AIMCO-GP, Inc. and AIMCO-LP Trust, holds the ownership interests in the Aimco Operating Partnership. It operates through two segments: conventional real estate and affordable real estate. As of December 31, 2016, its real estate portfolio consisted of 189 apartment communities with 46,311 apartment homes. Aimco Operating Partnership conducts the Company’s business, which is focused on the ownership, management, redevelopment and limited development of apartment communities located in the coastal and job growth markets of the United States. Its Conventional segment consists of apartment communities it classifies as Conventional Same Store and Conventional Non-Same Store. Its affordable portfolio consists primarily of apartment communities that it manages that are owned through low-income housing tax credit partnerships.

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