Goldman Sachs Resumes Essex Property Trust (ESS) at Buy, Strong West Coast Fundamentals

September 18, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Goldman Sachs resumes coverage on Essex Property Trust (NYSE: ESS) with a Buy rating and $181 price target.

"We believe Essex's earnings growth – derived from a combination of development and strong revenue growth – should drive share price performance," the analyst said. Goldman's model presumes a five-year earnings growth forecast of 53%, third-best in their apartment coverage universe.

Growth is coming from: "(1) internal growth, as our model anticipates five-year NOI
growth of 28%, highest in our coverage, due to exposure to low supply Southern California markets and (2) a meaningful contribution from the company’s $546 million share development pipeline."

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Shares of Essex Property Trust closed at $154.74 yesterday.

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