Contrasting Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) & Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE:MAA)

Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSRGet Free Report) and Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE:MAAGet Free Report) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Whitestone REIT and Mid-America Apartment Communities’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Whitestone REIT $146.97 million 4.52 $19.18 million $0.48 27.70
Mid-America Apartment Communities $2.15 billion 7.79 $552.81 million $4.77 30.05

Mid-America Apartment Communities has higher revenue and earnings than Whitestone REIT. Whitestone REIT is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mid-America Apartment Communities, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.5% of Whitestone REIT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.6% of Mid-America Apartment Communities shares are held by institutional investors. 5.5% of Whitestone REIT shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Mid-America Apartment Communities shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Whitestone REIT and Mid-America Apartment Communities, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Whitestone REIT 0 1 3 0 2.75
Mid-America Apartment Communities 2 9 5 0 2.19

Whitestone REIT currently has a consensus target price of $13.63, suggesting a potential upside of 2.48%. Mid-America Apartment Communities has a consensus target price of $142.44, suggesting a potential downside of 0.61%. Given Whitestone REIT’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Whitestone REIT is more favorable than Mid-America Apartment Communities.

Dividends

Whitestone REIT pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Mid-America Apartment Communities pays an annual dividend of $5.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Whitestone REIT pays out 104.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Mid-America Apartment Communities pays out 123.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Mid-America Apartment Communities has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years. Mid-America Apartment Communities is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility and Risk

Whitestone REIT has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mid-America Apartment Communities has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Whitestone REIT and Mid-America Apartment Communities’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Whitestone REIT 16.64% 5.77% 2.20%
Mid-America Apartment Communities 25.92% 8.90% 4.90%

Summary

Mid-America Apartment Communities beats Whitestone REIT on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Whitestone REIT

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Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) is a community-centered real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquires, owns, operates, and develops open-air, retail centers located in some of the fastest growing markets in the country: Phoenix, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Our centers are convenience focused: merchandised with a mix of service-oriented tenants providing food (restaurants and grocers), self-care (health and fitness), services (financial and logistics), education and entertainment to the surrounding communities. The Company believes its strong community connections and deep tenant relationships are key to the success of its current centers and its acquisition strategy.

About Mid-America Apartment Communities

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MAA, an S&P 500 company, is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on delivering full-cycle and superior investment performance for shareholders through the ownership, management, acquisition, development and redevelopment of quality apartment communities primarily in the Southeast, Southwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. As of December 31, 2023, MAA had ownership interest in 102,662 apartment units, including communities currently in development, across 16 states and the District of Columbia.

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