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  • Multi-Family Update 4-23-14 2 comments
    Apr 24, 2014 9:30 AM

    Note to followers - I changed both my computer and ISP in order to try to fix problems in article submission to Seeking Alpha. That fix failed to work - and I hate spending money when the cure is ineffective. Now I am adjusting to a keyboard that lacks the same feel - and has a changed keyboard pattern. That makes data entry take longer. I am working in a new text editor that lines up the data differently - and that makes data entry also take longer as this old mind becomes accustomed to that new format.

    I have two articles in que - and the equivalent of the "submit" button (in the Seeing Alpha text editor) is not working. At times, the article fails to load in the Seeking Alpha text editor.

    Add to this - the SA editors are "passing along" problems. Because Yahoo creates (or allows) links in a quirky way - Seeking Alpha wants me to use the full name of the company in my spreadsheet. That results in my spreadsheets being too wide for Seeking Alpha. It appears that being too wide is a tech issue and not an editor issue.

    In sum, I am still trying to write for Seeking Alpha.

    Apartment Update for 04-23-14

    Yields are calculated on the Q1-14 dividend. The percent change numbers are since the first of the year - with the exception of the change in the dividend. The dividend change is since Q1-13. ESS purchased BRE - each BRE share converted into 0.2971 newly issued shares of ESS plus $12.33 in cash. PPS increased its Q2-14 div to $0.36. UDR has increased its Q2-14 div to $0.26. A Q2-14 div increase from ESS is expected.

      Share Price14 FFO EstQ1-14Div/Div/Percent ChangeLTM

    Apartment Investors(NYSE:AIV)25.9130.
    Avalon Bay(NYSE:AVB)118.23133.356.776.763.4868.6463.7412.7914.60-0.151.408.41
    Equity Residential(NYSE:EQR)51.8757.853.113.103.4664.5260.6111.5313.07-0.323.8425.00
    Essex Properties(NYSE:ESS)143.51168.798.298.282.8758.4553.3617.6218.46-0.121.9010.00
    Home Properties(NYSE:HME)53.6260.344.524.514.8464.7561.7312.5313.84-0.220.894.29
    Post Properties(NYSE:PPS)45.2349.332.762.602.6850.7747.489.0610.52-5.80-2.3132.00
    United Dominion(NYSE:UDR)23.3525.581.491.503.6762.6758.759.5510.560.671.876.82

    Apartment Average    3.6260.08 13.4314.89-1.231.4413.08
    Student Housing
    American Campus(NYSE:ACC)32.2137.892.332.333.8061.8058.3017.6318.750.003.006.67
    Education Reality(NYSE:EDR)8.8210.210.640.644.3168.7558.6715.7617.010.004.2710.00

    Student Housing Average       16.7017.88-9.39   

    Sector Average    3.7061.03 14.0315.43-1.011.8412.22

    Dividend dates are:

    AIV: 02-27-14AVB: 04-14-14CPT: 04-16-14EQR: 04-10-14ESS: 03-30-14
    HME: 02-24-14MAA: 04-30-14PPS: 04-14-14UDR: 04-30-14ACC: 02-20-14EDR: 02-13-14

    Special dividends are not included in these stats.

    Apartment Price/FFO Ratios 04-17

     FFO / Share% FFO GrowthPrice/FFO14 FFO Range


    Average    4.689.807.1218.6916.9315.80 
    Student Housing

    Sector Average   7.089.957.9318.5316.7815.56

    added by edit on Wednesday afternoon

    Dividend History [based on Q4 Divs]

     Dividends/Share/QuarterPercentage Dividend GrowthAverage


    Disclosure: I am long AVB, HME, UDR.

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    I own CPT and am looking about adding UDR in this space. Factiods- hope you computer problem gets resolved. I really enjoy your articles.


    thanks again.
    24 Apr 2014, 02:15 PM Reply Like
  • Factoids
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    Author’s reply » My investments in apartment REITs include AVB, HME and UDR. My holdings in HME and UDR are small - and long held. Both were purchased before I arrived at CAGR and RRR awareness. They are not bad REITs - but I also would not call them quality REITs.
    I do not write on apartment REITs because I lack a network of volunteers to gather brokerage analysts FAD projections - and the earning releases from several apartment REITs fail to produce FAD numbers. If I did write on this sub-sector, I would be forced to display my holdings - and I would be slightly embarrassed to acknowledge owning them (HME and UDR).
    There is not a big valuation gap between UDR and AVB or ESS. If I were adding to a REIT portfolio that already contained middle tier CPT - I would add AVB or ESS.


    Take a look at the ten year dividend history before you make your purchase decision. I am not gathering debt to EBITDAs and interest coverage ratios on apartment REITs. You should find those stats. Buy a fortress balance sheet REIT.
    24 Apr 2014, 03:46 PM Reply Like
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