UMH Properties (NYSE: UMH) is one of 44 publicly-traded companies in the “Residential REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare UMH Properties to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

UMH Properties has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, UMH Properties’ rivals have a beta of 0.57, suggesting that their average share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

54.0% of UMH Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.0% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of UMH Properties shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares UMH Properties and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
UMH Properties $105.77 million $41.90 million -173.54
UMH Properties Competitors $702.65 million $394.70 million 0.68

UMH Properties’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than UMH Properties. UMH Properties 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for UMH Properties and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UMH Properties 0 0 5 0 3.00
UMH Properties Competitors 170 1109 1157 30 2.42

UMH Properties currently has a consensus target price of $18.88, suggesting a potential upside of 20.84%. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.71%. Given UMH Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe UMH Properties is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares UMH Properties and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UMH Properties 1.02% 0.76% 0.15%
UMH Properties Competitors 18.59% 5.04% 1.96%

Dividends

UMH Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. UMH Properties pays out -799.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Residential REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.4% and pay out 119.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. UMH Properties is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

UMH Properties beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

UMH Properties Company Profile

UMH Properties, Inc. (UMH) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s primary business is the ownership and operation of manufactured home communities, including leasing manufactured home sites to private manufactured home owners. The Company also leases homes to residents, and through its taxable REIT subsidiary, UMH Sales and Finance, Inc. (S&F), conducts manufactured home sales in its communities. As of May 31, 2017, the Company owned 107 manufactured home communities consisting of approximately 19,400 developed sites. The communities are located in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana and Michigan. In connection with the operation of its communities, UMH also leases homes to prospective tenants. As of December 31, 2016, UMH owned a total of 4,700 rental homes, representing approximately 26% of its developed sites. These rental homes are owned by the Company and rented to residents.

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