Stock Valuation: Education Realty Trust Inc. (EDR)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
Real Estate – REITs – REIT – Residential USD41.36
@ 26 Jun 2018
COMPANY PROFILE Education Realty Trust Inc is a real estate investment trust. It develops, acquires, owns and manages collegiate housing communities located near university campuses. It also offers real estate facility management, development and other advisory services.

Education Realty Trust Inc is a real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, development, and management of collegiate housing communities located near university campuses throughout the United States. In terms of the total number of residential communities and the total number of beds, the majority of the company’s real estate portfolio is located in the Mid-Atlantic and South Central regions of the United States. Nearly all of Education Realty’s revenue is derived from short-term collegiate housing leases. Most of this revenue is generated by the company’s holdings in the Mid-Atlantic and South Central regions. Real estate markets surrounding universities in Kentucky and Texas represent some of Education Realty’s largest individual markets.

Stock Code EDR
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Education Realty Trust Price to Book

Price to Earnings, Price to Sales and Price to Cash Flow ratios all value a company based on what it is generating (i.e. profits, sales or cash flow). Price to Book ratio is different in that it values a company based on what it owns (i.e. its net assets). This is usually a suitable valuation indicator for a financial institution, which frequently revalues its assets and liabilities, or a company with huge asset base e.g. utilities company.
At the price of USD41.36 as at 26 Jun 2018, Education Realty Trust Inc is trading at a Price to Book Ratio of 1.7 times current book value.  This is a 9% premium to its historical average Price to Book Ratio of 1.3 times.
Is the stock overvalued? One should not just look at one indicator to determine the fair value of a stock.
ProThinker believes in using a combination of valuation methods to decide whether a stock is over or undervalued? The five ratios we use are Price to Earnings, Price to Sales, Price to Cash Flow, Price to Book and Dividend Yield. We use multiple methods to value a stock because each has its benefits as well as shortcomings. Price to Earnings and Price to Cash Flow Ratios relate stock price to profitability but are meaningless when the comany has negative earnings or cash flows. Price to Sales Ratio is more stable because sales are never negative. However, this does not tell us whether the company is able to sell profitably. Price to Book Ratio gives us an indication as to how much we are paying for the company’s assets but it is not directly related to the company’s profitability. Dividend Yield cannot be used for companies that are paying little to no dividends.
While it is important to value stocks based on multiple valuation methods, this often leads to differing views on valuation. One indicator may suggest that a stock is overvalued while another suggest that it is undervalued. This does not help an investor who needs to make a definite decision whether to buy, hold or sell the stock. That is why we advocate the use of a Composite Valuation Indicator, which is derived from the best combination of the five indicators above. A Composite Valuation Indicator will give you ONE conclusion on whether a stock is under or over valued.
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Source of Data: Price to Sales chart is from ProThinker Stock Report. Company description, historical financial statements data and price data are from Estimates are from gurufocus and/or – Thomson Reuters.
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