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How to buy AvalonBay Communities stock | $147.52

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AvalonBay Communities, Inc is a reit—residential business based in the US. AvalonBay Communities shares (AVB) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. AvalonBay Communities employs 3,122 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.4 billion.

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AvalonBay Communities share price

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AvalonBay Communities shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
Latest market closeUSD$147.52
52-week rangeUSD$118.17 - USD$229.4
50-day moving average USD$154.1034
200-day moving average USD$156.6291
Wall St. target priceUSD$165.19
PE ratio 26.2139
Dividend yield USD$6.36 (4.32%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$5.602

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Is it a good time to buy AvalonBay Communities stock?

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AvalonBay Communities price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $147.52 from 2020-09-29

1 week (2020-09-23) 0.31%
1 month (2020-08-28) -7.58%
3 months (2020-06-30) -4.60%
6 months (2020-03-30) -3.01%
1 year (2019-09-30) -31.49%
2 years (2018-09-28) -18.56%
3 years (2017-09-29) -17.32%
5 years (2015-09-30) -15.62%

Is AvalonBay Communities under- or over-valued?

Valuing AvalonBay Communities stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of AvalonBay Communities's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

AvalonBay Communities's P/E ratio

AvalonBay Communities's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 26x. In other words, AvalonBay Communities shares trade at around 26x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

AvalonBay Communities's PEG ratio

AvalonBay Communities's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.9013. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into AvalonBay Communities's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

AvalonBay Communities's EBITDA

AvalonBay Communities's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.5 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a AvalonBay Communities's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

AvalonBay Communities financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 34.95%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.7%
Return on equity TTM 7.27%
Profit margin 33.25%
Book value $77.391
Market capitalisation USD$20.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting AvalonBay Communities shares

There are currently 3.5 million AvalonBay Communities shares held short by investors – that's known as AvalonBay Communities's "short interest". This figure is 24.4% up from 2.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting AvalonBay Communities shares can be evaluated.

AvalonBay Communities's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

AvalonBay Communities's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of AvalonBay Communities shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of AvalonBay Communities shares traded daily (recently around 792825.61797753). AvalonBay Communities's SIR currently stands at 4.45. In other words for every 100,000 AvalonBay Communities shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4450 shares are currently held short.

However AvalonBay Communities's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of AvalonBay Communities shares, or, against the total number of tradable AvalonBay Communities shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case AvalonBay Communities's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 AvalonBay Communities shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0341% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable AvalonBay Communities shares, roughly 34 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against AvalonBay Communities.

Find out more about how you can short AvalonBay Communities stock.

AvalonBay Communities's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like AvalonBay Communities.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

AvalonBay Communities's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 12.24

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and AvalonBay Communities's overall score of 12.24 (as at 08/01/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like AvalonBay Communities is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

AvalonBay Communities's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.03/100

AvalonBay Communities's environmental score of 4.03 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that AvalonBay Communities is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

AvalonBay Communities's social score

Social score: 1.19/100

AvalonBay Communities's social score of 1.19 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that AvalonBay Communities is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

AvalonBay Communities's governance score

Governance score: 6.02/100

AvalonBay Communities's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that AvalonBay Communities is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

AvalonBay Communities's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. AvalonBay Communities scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that AvalonBay Communities has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

AvalonBay Communities, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 12.24
Total ESG percentile 3.56
Environmental score 4.03
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 1.19
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 6.02
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 1

AvalonBay Communities share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 110.87% of net profits

Recently AvalonBay Communities has paid out, on average, around 110.87% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.32% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), AvalonBay Communities shareholders could enjoy a 4.32% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In AvalonBay Communities's case, that would currently equate to about $6.36 per share.

AvalonBay Communities's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

AvalonBay Communities's most recent dividend payout was on 15 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have AvalonBay Communities's shares ever split?

AvalonBay Communities's shares were split on a 8:9 basis on 7 January 2013. So if you had owned 9 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 8 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your AvalonBay Communities shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 12.5% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for AvalonBay Communities shares which in turn could have impacted AvalonBay Communities's share price.

AvalonBay Communities share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, AvalonBay Communities's shares have ranged in value from as little as $118.17 up to $229.4. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AVB.US volatility(beta: 0.8)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while AvalonBay Communities's is 0.8004. This would suggest that AvalonBay Communities's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

AvalonBay Communities overview

As of June 30, 2020, the Company owned or held a direct or indirect ownership interest in 295 apartment communities containing 86,380 apartment homes in 11 states and the District of Columbia, of which 19 communities were under development. The Company is an equity REIT in the business of developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing apartment communities in leading metropolitan areas in New England, the New York/New Jersey Metro area, the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and Northern and Southern California, as well as in the Company's expansion markets consisting of Southeast Florida and Denver, Colorado (the Expansion Markets).

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