UMH Properties (NYSE: UMH) and UDR (NYSE:UDR) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares UMH Properties and UDR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UMH Properties 1.05% 0.74% 0.16%
UDR 29.41% 10.18% 3.85%

Dividends

UMH Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. UDR pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. UMH Properties pays out -327.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. UDR pays out 117.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. UMH Properties has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years. UMH Properties is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares UMH Properties and UDR’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UMH Properties $99.21 million 4.93 $11.53 million ($0.22) -63.63
UDR $959.86 million 10.06 $292.71 million $1.06 34.03

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for UMH Properties and UDR, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UMH Properties 0 0 6 0 3.00
UDR 1 10 3 0 2.14

UMH Properties presently has a consensus price target of $18.60, indicating a potential upside of 32.86%. UDR has a consensus price target of $39.82, indicating a potential upside of 10.39%. Given UMH Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe UMH Properties is more favorable than UDR.

Risk & Volatility

UMH Properties has a beta of 0.61, indicating that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, UDR has a beta of 0.39, indicating that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

54.9% of UMH Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.5% of UDR shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of UMH Properties shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.1% of UDR shares are owned by 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.

Summary

UDR beats UMH Properties on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

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 December 22, 2017, the Company owned 112 manufactured home communities consisting of approximately 20,000 developed homesites. 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.

UDR Company Profile

UDR, Inc. is a self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company owns, operates, acquires, renovates, develops, redevelops, disposes of and manages multifamily apartment communities generally located in various markets across the United States. The Company’s segments are Same-Store Communities and Non-Mature Communities/Other. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s consolidated real estate portfolio included 127 communities located in 18 markets, with a total of 39,454 completed apartment homes. As of December 31, 2016, the Company also had an ownership interest in 27 communities containing 6,849 apartment homes through unconsolidated joint ventures or partnerships. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were in various locations, such as Orange County, San Francisco and Los Angeles in California; Seattle, Washington; Richmond, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; Orlando and Tampa in Florida; Nashville, Tennessee, and Dallas and Austin in Texas.

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