Campus Crest Communities (NYSE: CCG) and Equity Lifestyle Properties (NYSE:ELS) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Campus Crest Communities and Equity Lifestyle Properties, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Campus Crest Communities 0 0 0 0 N/A
Equity Lifestyle Properties 1 4 0 0 1.80

Equity Lifestyle Properties has a consensus price target of $86.00, indicating a potential downside of 4.24%. Given Equity Lifestyle Properties’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Equity Lifestyle Properties is more favorable than Campus Crest Communities.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.8% of Equity Lifestyle Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Equity Lifestyle Properties shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Campus Crest Communities and Equity Lifestyle Properties’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Campus Crest Communities N/A N/A N/A ($0.83) -8.43
Equity Lifestyle Properties $870.43 million 9.06 $173.26 million $2.09 42.97

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


Equity Lifestyle Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.95 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Campus Crest Communities does not pay a dividend. Equity Lifestyle Properties pays out 93.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Campus Crest Communities has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Equity Lifestyle Properties has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.


This table compares Campus Crest Communities and Equity Lifestyle Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Campus Crest Communities -31.59% -12.51% -3.56%
Equity Lifestyle Properties 22.61% 20.99% 6.20%


Equity Lifestyle Properties beats Campus Crest Communities on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Campus Crest Communities

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.

About Equity Lifestyle Properties

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is an owner and operator of lifestyle-oriented properties (properties) consisting primarily of manufactured home (MH) communities and recreational vehicle (RV) resorts and campgrounds. The Company operates through two segments: Property Operations and Home Sales and Rentals Operations. The Property Operations segment owns and operates land lease properties and the Home Sales and Rentals Operations segment purchases, sells and leases homes at the properties. It leases individual developed areas (sites) with access to utilities for placement of factory built homes, cottages, cabins or RVs. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s property portfolio included 391 properties consisted of 146,610 residential sites. Its properties are designed for home options of various sizes and designs that are produced off-site by third-party manufacturers, installed and set on designated sites within the properties.

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