Life Storage (LSI) & The Competition Financial Survey

Life Storage (NYSE: LSI) is one of 236 public companies in the “Real estate investment trusts” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Life Storage to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Life Storage pays an annual dividend of $4.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Life Storage pays out 75.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Real estate investment trusts” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.5% and pay out 71.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Life Storage lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.3% of Life Storage shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.8% of shares of all “Real estate investment trusts” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of Life Storage shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.0% of shares of all “Real estate investment trusts” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Life Storage and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Life Storage 5 9 0 0 1.64
Life Storage Competitors 1704 8217 8798 244 2.40

Life Storage presently has a consensus target price of $82.08, suggesting a potential downside of 12.00%. As a group, “Real estate investment trusts” companies have a potential upside of 8.10%. Given Life Storage’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Life Storage has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Life Storage and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Life Storage 20.55% 5.52% 2.90%
Life Storage Competitors 23.40% 6.57% 2.61%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Life Storage and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Life Storage $529.75 million $96.36 million 17.56
Life Storage Competitors $790.71 million $173.57 million 14.91

Life Storage’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Life Storage. Life Storage is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Life Storage has a beta of 0.5, suggesting that its stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Life Storage’s rivals have a beta of 0.58, suggesting that their average stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Life Storage rivals beat Life Storage on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Life Storage Company Profile

Life Storage, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed equity REIT that is in the business of acquiring and managing self storage facilities. Located in Buffalo, New York, the Company operates more than 700 storage facilities in 28 states. The Company serves both residential and commercial storage customers with storage units rented by month. Life Storage consistently provides responsive service to its 375,000-plus customers, making it a leader in the industry. For more information visit http://invest.lifestorage.com/.

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