Reviewing Home Properties (HME) and Its Rivals

Home Properties (NYSE: HME) is one of 42 publicly-traded companies in the “Residential REITs” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Home Properties to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Home Properties and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Home Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A
Home Properties Competitors 202 1262 1297 34 2.42

As a group, “Residential REITs” companies have a potential upside of 7.74%. Given Home Properties’ peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Home Properties has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Home Properties and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Home Properties 18.18% 6.60% 2.87%
Home Properties Competitors 20.37% 4.09% 1.58%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Home Properties and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Home Properties N/A N/A 32.43
Home Properties Competitors $673.89 million $325.00 million 136.64

Home Properties’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Home Properties. Home Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.2% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.1% of shares of all “Residential REITs” companies are owned by 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.

Summary

Home Properties peers beat Home Properties on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

About Home Properties

Home Properties, Inc. (Home Properties) is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates, acquires and repositions apartment communities in suburbs of metropolitan areas, primarily along the East Coast of the United States. The Company conducts its business through Home Properties, L.P. (the Operating Partnership), and a management company, Home Properties Resident Services, Inc. (HPRS). As of December 31, 2014, the Company owned and operated 121 communities with 42,107 apartment units. The Company’s properties are two- and three-story garden style apartment buildings in landscaped settings and brick or other masonry construction. As of December 31, 2014, approximately 26.6%, 24.9%, 14.0%, 8.5% and 8.5% of the Company’s Properties are located in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Long Island and Northern New Jersey markets, respectively.

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