Introduction

Our Stock Valuation Reports provide you with a concise summary of the information you need to make an informed investment decision. After entering a stock symbol, our robust computer model will create graphs of the company's profitability, valuation, and growth rates, all things that may normally take you hours to research and create. You don't need to be a professional investor to make use of this information either, the paragraphs below each graph will tell you whether the output is pointing towards a good or bad stock.

If you want to compare your prospective investment against other prospective investments, we have you covered. In our comparative report section, you can enter up to four ticker symbols, and see how they measure up against one another. This report will give you comparative valuations, comparative profitability margins, and even comparative growth rates. Short paragraphs below each graph will explain how to use this information to make the best investment possible.

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Company Description

Post Properties Inc is a Georgia corporation, which was incorporated on January 25, 1984, and is the successor by merger to the original Post Properties, Inc., a Georgia corporation, which was formed in 1971. It is a self-administrated and self-managed equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company and its subsidiaries develop, own and manage upscale multi-family apartment communities in selected markets in the United States. The operating divisions of the Company include Post Apartment Management, Post Investment Group and Post Corporate Services. Post Apartment Management is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all Post(r) communities including community leasing, property management, personnel recruiting, training and development, maintenance and security. Post Apartment Management also conducts short-term corporate apartment leasing activities. It is responsible for all development, acquisition, rehabilitation, disposition, for-sale and asset management activities of the Company. For development, this includes site selection, zoning and regulatory approvals, project design and construction management. This division is also responsible for apartment community acquisitions as well as property dispositions and strategic joint ventures that the Company undertakes as part of its investment plan. Post Corporate Services provides executive direction and control to the Company's other divisions and subsidiaries and has responsibility for the creation and implementation of all Company financing, capital and risk management strategies. All accounting, management reporting, compliance, information systems, human resources, legal, risk management and insurance services required by the Company and all of its affiliates are centralized in Post Corporate Services.


Report Fundamentals

Since you have chosen an annual time period, the data here is from the last fiscal company year. The advantage of this approach is that a more smoothed version of the numbers are presented, however; if you believe the company is seasonal, meaning it depends on a particular season for the majority of its sales, then a quarterly graph of these numbers may be desirable.

 2012201320142015
Revenue
$335$363$378$384
Gross Profit
$191$208$215$219
Net Income
$84$111$215$81

Our graph above shows the annual Revenue, Gross Profit, and Net Profit over time. Steady growth in all of the bars is what you are looking for here, as well as positive net income. A shorter distance between the height of the Revenue bar and the Gross Profit/Net Profit bars shows high margins for the company. Revenue is simply sales, Gross Profit is the money that the company receives after selling a product, while net profit is the money the company takes home at the end of the year after accounting for all expenses.



 201320142015
Revenue Growth Rate
8.31%4.15%1.64%
Gross Profit Growth Rate
8.77%3.29%1.77%
Net Income Growth Rate
31.68%94.63%-62.52%

This graph shows the growth rates of the Gross Profit (Red), the Net Profit (Orange) and Revenue (Blue). What this illustrates is by what percent each of these numbers grew year on year. You are looking for positive growth in each of these categories. The difference between this graph and the pure revenue graph is that here we show what by what percentage Gross Profit, Net Profit and Revenue grew as compared to the previous year.



 201320142015
Gross Profit % of Sales
57.34%56.87%56.94%
Net Income % of Sales
30.47%56.94%20.99%

This graph gives an annual vision of the companies margins. The Gross Margin shows how much money the company keeps after considering only the cost of producing the item (manufacturing and inputs), while the Net Profit Margin shows the percentage of sales that the company keeps after accounting for all expenses (salaries, rent, administrative etc). The higher these margins are the better. The distance between the green and orange bars shows the concentration of expenses. If the orange bar is significantly higher than the green bar, the bulk of the expenses for the company come from non production related costs.



  P/S P/E P/BV
 PPS
9.06 43.15 2.80

Valuations for a company can be very important, listed above are three of the most commonly used financial metrics; Price to Sales, Price to Earnings and Price to Book Value. The Price to Sales ratio measures how much premium the market has placed on the stock compared to its revenue. Price to Earnings, by far the most popular valuation method, is the premium that the market is placing on the company’s net profit. This should be the highest number of the group. The Price to Book Value is the premium that the market is placing on the company’s total equity, or what is left over when the liabilities of the company are subtracted from its assets. You should see a hump form in this graph, with P/S and P/BV being significantly lower than P/E.