What Can We Learn From Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS)’s Valuation Ratios?

Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (NYSE:ELS) finished Friday with an addition of $0.93 to close at $86.11, an upside of 1.09 percent. An average of 626,780 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a gain of $2.54 in the past week, and it reached a new high 45 times over the past 12 months. The last 20 days have seen an average of 685,985 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 692,490.

ELS stock has increased by 5.40% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $77.54 on 09/28/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 09/02/21, shares of the company touched a low of $57.93 and a high of $88.47 in 52 weeks. It has reached a new high 46 times so far this year and achieved 35.91% or $22.75 in price. In spite of this, the price is down -2.67% from the 52-week high.

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Valuation Metrics

Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 68.67, which compares with the 21.25 for the broader industry and 39.54 for the sector. In the last five years, Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 70.76 and 29.38. The stock’s beta is 0.55. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 13.69, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 12.66, and the price-to-cash flow ratio at 76.19.

Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. pays a $1.45 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 1.68%. The company has a payout ratio of 104.80%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment took place on Oct. 8, and it was $0.3630 a share, without any change from last year. Its dividend has been increased for the last 2 consecutive years with the latest increase dividend $0.02 reported on Friday March 12 2021.Dividends have grown by -29.74% each year over the last three years.

Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 2.40 and a total debt to equity ratio of 2.40 for the quarter ending June 29. Its gross profit as reported stood at $352.14 million compared to revenue of $1.09 billion.

For investors, determining the potential profitability of the investment also depends on the performance of the company’s management. In the past 12 months, Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc.’s return on assets was 5.30%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 7.37 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

For the three-month period that ended June 29, Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. had $2.62 billion in total debt. In the quarter under review, the net income was up than the previous quarter. The company posted a net income of $61.05 million in the quarter, while revenues of $65.24 million were grew 24.34%. The analyst consensus anticipated Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $0.28 per share, but it turned out to be $0.32, a 14.30% surprise. For the quarter, EBITDA amounted to $141.92 million. At the end of the quarter ending June 29, Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc.’s stock balance sheet showed total debt was $3.01 billion. Shareholders own equity worth $183.77 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 22 October was 70.08%, suggesting the stock is Overbought, with historical volatility in this time frame at 16.76%.

As of today, ELS’s price is $85.29 +3.04% or $2.54 from its 5-day moving average. ELS is currently trading +6.52% higher than its 20-day SMA and +18.17% higher than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is +4.99% above the SMA50 and +43.25% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 94.30% and 92.46%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 1.53. With the 14-day stochastic at 96.92% and the average true range at 1.52, the RSI (14) stands at 64.98%. The stock has reached 1.14 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at 2.69.

Analyst Ratings

Evercore ISI downgraded Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (NYSE: ELS) to a an In-line rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as an Outperform. The consensus rating for Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 0 brokerage firms advise that investors sell ELS, while 3 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 1 analysts, while 6 others rate it as a “buy”.

What is ELS’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $85.00 and $97.00, with a median target of $93.00. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS) stock is $91.50.


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