American Campus Communities, Inc (ACC) is a leading reit-residential business based in the US. American Campus Communities is listed on the NYSE and employs 3,096 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
|52-week range||$19.3326 - $47.0734|
|50-day moving average||$42.527|
|200-day moving average||$37.7167|
|Wall St. target price||$44.25|
|Dividend yield||$1.88 (4.44%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$0.5|
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Valuing American Campus Communities stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of American Campus Communities's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
American Campus 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 83x. In other words, American Campus Communities shares trade at around 83x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
American Campus Communities's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.27. 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 American Campus 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.
American Campus Communities's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $426.9 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a American Campus Communities's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$893.5 million|
|Operating margin TTM||17.72%|
|Gross profit TTM||$503.3 million|
|Return on assets TTM||1.3%|
|Return on equity TTM||2.1%|
|Market capitalisation||$5.7 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 3.6 million American Campus Communities shares held short by investors – that's known as American Campus Communities's "short interest". This figure is 12% down from 4.1 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting American Campus Communities shares can be evaluated.
American Campus Communities's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of American Campus Communities shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of American Campus Communities shares traded daily (recently around 849808.33333333). American Campus Communities's SIR currently stands at 4.2. In other words for every 100,000 American Campus Communities shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4200 shares are currently held short.
However American Campus Communities's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of American Campus Communities shares, or, against the total number of tradable American Campus Communities shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case American Campus Communities's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 American Campus Communities shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0358% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable American Campus Communities shares, roughly 36 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 American Campus Communities.
Find out more about how you can short American Campus Communities stock.
Dividend payout ratio: 89.1% of net profits
Recently American Campus Communities has paid out, on average, around 89.1% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.44% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), American Campus Communities shareholders could enjoy a 4.44% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In American Campus Communities's case, that would currently equate to about $1.88 per share.
American Campus 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.
American Campus Communities's most recent dividend payout was on 19 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, American Campus Communities's shares have ranged in value from as little as $19.3326 up to $47.0734. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while American Campus Communities's is 0.8881. This would suggest that American Campus Communities's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
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 September 30, 2020, American Campus Communities owned 166 student housing properties containing approximately 111,900 beds. Including its owned and third-party managed properties, ACC's total managed portfolio consisted of 204 properties with approximately 139,900 beds.
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