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Executive Summary

As of March 31, 2020, the Company owned or held a direct or indirect ownership interest in 296 apartment communities containing 86,596 apartment homes in 11 states and the District of Columbia, of which 19 communities were under development.

Snowflake Analysis

Established dividend payer and slightly overvalued.

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Share Price & News

How has AvalonBay Communities's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: AVB's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return






US Market

1 Year Return






US Market

Return vs Industry: AVB underperformed the US REITs industry which returned -14.8% over the past year.

Return vs Market: AVB underperformed the US Market which returned 4.1% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-0.6%2.0%1.0%
30 Day-3.0%1.1%5.4%
90 Day-30.5%-21.8%-5.7%
1 Year-21.7%-24.2%-11.2%-14.8%6.5%4.1%
3 Year-11.4%-19.7%6.4%-6.8%28.3%19.8%
5 Year8.8%-7.1%30.4%3.5%52.2%35.0%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is AvalonBay Communities's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is AvalonBay Communities undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: AVB ($153.67) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($209.55)

Significantly Below Fair Value: AVB is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: AVB is poor value based on its PE Ratio (27.4x) compared to the REITs industry average (25.8x).

PE vs Market: AVB is poor value based on its PE Ratio (27.4x) compared to the US market (15.1x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: AVB is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (8.5x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: AVB is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2x) compared to the US REITs industry average (1.3x).

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Future Growth

How is AvalonBay Communities forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 11 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: AVB's forecast earnings growth (3.2% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).

Earnings vs Market: AVB's earnings (3.2% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (21.6% per year).

High Growth Earnings: AVB's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: AVB's revenue (4.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (8.9% per year).

High Growth Revenue: AVB's revenue (4.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: AVB's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (6.2%).

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Past Performance

How has AvalonBay Communities performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: AVB has a large one-off gain of $170.9M impacting its March 31 2020 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: AVB's current net profit margins (33%) are lower than last year (43.6%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: AVB's earnings have grown by 2.8% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: AVB's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: AVB had negative earnings growth (-21.8%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the REITs industry average (5.3%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: AVB's Return on Equity (7.2%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is AvalonBay Communities's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: AVB's short term assets ($1.1B) exceed its short term liabilities ($637.9M).

Long Term Liabilities: AVB's short term assets ($1.1B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($8.3B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: AVB's debt to equity ratio (74.1%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: AVB's debt to equity ratio has increased from 72% to 74.1% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: AVB's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (16.1%).

Interest Coverage: AVB's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (4x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is AvalonBay Communities's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Upcoming Dividend Payment

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: AVB's dividend (4.14%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.75%).

High Dividend: AVB's dividend (4.14%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.73%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: AVB's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: AVB's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (66.3%), AVB's dividend payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: AVB's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be thoroughly covered by earnings (0.5% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Tim Naughton (58yo)





Mr. Timothy J. Naughton, also known as Tim, has been the Chief Executive Officer of AvalonBay Communities Inc. since January 1, 2012 and has been its President since February 23, 2015. Mr. Naughton serves  ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Tim's total compensation ($USD10.92M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD11.86M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Tim's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Timothy Naughton
Chairman8.33yrsUS$10.92m0.11% $24.2m
Kevin O'Shea
Chief Financial Officer5.92yrsUS$3.33m0.015% $3.2m
Sean Breslin
Chief Operating Officer5.33yrsUS$3.69m0.031% $6.7m
Matthew Birenbaum
Chief Investment Officer5.33yrsUS$3.63m0.038% $8.3m
Jason Reilley
Vice President of Investor Relationsno datano datano data
Edward Schulman
Executive VP21.25yrsUS$1.06m0.014% $3.0m
Kurt Conway
Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy & Marketing9.75yrsno datano data
Ronald Ladell
Senior Vice President of Development - New Jersey18.33yrsno datano data
J. Morris
Head of Construction Group and Senior Vice President of Construction15.25yrsno datano data
William McLaughlin
Executive Vice President of Development & Construction10.25yrsUS$1.65m0.037% $8.0m


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: AVB's management team is seasoned and experienced (9.8 years average tenure).

Board Members

Timothy Naughton
Chairman8.33yrsUS$10.92m0.11% $24.2m
H. Sarles
Independent Director14.67yrsUS$279.94k0.013% $2.7m
Ronald Havner
Independent Director5.67yrsUS$262.37kno data
Alan Buckelew
Independent Director8.67yrsUS$259.94k0.0059% $1.3m
Glyn Aeppel
Independent Director7yrsUS$257.44k0.0054% $1.2m
W. Walter
Lead Independent Director1yrUS$284.94k0.010% $2.2m
Terry Brown
Independent Director5.33yrsUS$257.25kno data
Stephen Hills
Independent Director2.67yrsUS$249.94k0.00036% $77.7k
Susan Swanezy
Independent Director3.67yrsUS$249.99kno data
Richard Lieb
Independent Director3.67yrsUS$249.94k0.0028% $608.7k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: AVB's board of directors are considered experienced (5.5 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: AVB insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

AvalonBay Communities, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
  • Ticker: AVB
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1978
  • Industry: Residential REITs
  • Sector: Real Estate
  • Implied Market Cap: US$21.584b
  • Market Cap: US$21.583b
  • Shares outstanding: 140.46m
  • Website: https://www.avalonbay.com

Number of Employees


  • AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
  • 4040 Wilson Boulevard
  • Suite 1000
  • Arlington
  • Virginia
  • 22203
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
AVBNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDMar 1994
WV8DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURMar 1994
0HJOLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDMar 1994
AVBCWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesCommon StockATEURMar 1994
WV8ETLX (Eurotlx)YesCommon StockITEURMar 1994
A1VB34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EACH 4 REPR 1 COMBRBRLJan 2020


As of March 31, 2020, the Company owned or held a direct or indirect ownership interest in 296 apartment communities containing 86,596 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"). 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/05/26 01:09
End of Day Share Price2020/05/22 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.