American Campus Communities (NYSE:ACC) vs. Hammerson (NYSE:HMSNF) Critical Survey

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American Campus Communities (NYSE:ACC) and Hammerson (OTCMKTS:HMSNF) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares American Campus Communities and Hammerson’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Campus Communities $943.04 million 5.51 $84.97 million $2.42 15.60
Hammerson $243.00 million 0.13 -$997.51 million N/A N/A

American Campus Communities has higher revenue and earnings than Hammerson.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for American Campus Communities and Hammerson, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Campus Communities 0 3 3 0 2.50
Hammerson 4 5 1 0 1.70

American Campus Communities presently has a consensus target price of $40.83, indicating a potential upside of 8.14%. Given American Campus Communities’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe American Campus Communities is more favorable than Hammerson.

Profitability

This table compares American Campus Communities and Hammerson’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Campus Communities 12.24% 3.66% 1.61%
Hammerson N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

American Campus Communities has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hammerson has a beta of 1.15, meaning that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.8% of American Campus Communities shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of American Campus Communities shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

American Campus Communities beats Hammerson on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

American Campus Communities Company Profile

American Campus Communities, Inc. is the largest owner, manager and developer of high-quality student housing communities in the United States. The company is a fully integrated, self-managed and self-administered equity real estate investment trust (REIT) with expertise in the design, finance, development, construction management and operational management of student housing properties. As of December 31, 2018, American Campus Communities owned 170 student housing properties containing approximately 109,100 beds. Including its owned and third-party managed properties, ACC's total managed portfolio consisted of 204 properties with approximately 133,900 beds.

Hammerson Company Profile

We are an owner, manager and developer of retail destinations in Europe. Our portfolio includes investments in 22 prime shopping centres in the UK, Ireland and France, 15 convenient retail parks in the UK and 20 premium outlets across Europe.

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