Top 5 Real Estate Companies

Top 5 Real Estate Companies

Unlike tech and finance companies which are surrounded by a lot of fanfare and media spotlight, real estate companies do not attract a lot of attention. The real estate industry has historically been a private game and even today, privately held property developers and owners often dominate the headlines.

However, there are real estate investment companies which have huge market capitalization, with properties in different continents. Some of these companies turn in as much as $2 Billion in profit and even evolved into REITs. 

The Global 2000 ranks the largest and public companies in the world using four parameters: revenue, profit, assets and market value. Based on these parameters, we have ranked the top 5 real estate investment companies. 

5. Equity Residential

With a market capitalization of over $20 Billion, Equity Residential is one of the largest multifamily real estate companies in the industry. The company which was founded in March 1993, acquires, develops and manages rental apartments. Chicago-based Equity Residential currently has 306 multifamily properties in its portfolio worth $21.2 Billion.

The company focuses on owning properties in urban and high-density suburban locations ideally suited for multifamily properties due to the high prices for single-family homes. One strategy which has been a source of competitive advantage for Equity Residential is swapping older assets for newer ones which generate higher returns. This has made the company outperform its peers which mainly focus on developing new properties rather than maintain their existing portfolio. Because the company operates in a market that is constrained by supply and focuses on high earnings, it is easy for Equity Residential to increase rents more readily than other 

4. Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group is an American largest retail real estate company and shopping mall operator in the U.S. The group which is headquartered in Indianapolis was formed in 1993 when the majority of the shopping centre interests of Melvin Simon & Associates became a publicly-traded company. 

The company’s high-quality malls are in demand by retailers, with occupancy levels reaching as high as 92.9% at the end of June 2020. Simon Property Group owns or has an interest in more than 204 buildings valued at $31.2 Billion, sitting on 241,000,000 square feet (22,400,000 m2). 

The company operates five retail real estate platforms: regional malls, premium outlet centres, The Mills, community/lifestyle centres and international properties. Simon Group, which is currently valued at $21.3 Billion, also owns 4 retail brands which include AeropostaleForever 21Lucky Brand and Brooks Brothers. Over the last year, Simon Property generated a revenue of over $5 Billion and a profit of over $2 Billion.

3. Prologis, Inc.

Prologis, Inc. is third on the list of largest real estate investment firms. The company which is headquartered in San Francisco, California was formed after the merger of AMB Property Corporation and Prologis in June 2011, which effectively made Prologis the largest industrial real estate investment firm in the world. The company’s market value is $73.5 Billion.

The company owns modern logistic locations in urban areas where land is scarce. This high-barrier, high-growth market which is a support structure for business-to-business commerce and retail/online business has been a source of competitive advantage to Prologis. 

As at the end of Q2 2020, Prologis owned 4,655 logistics buildings which consisted of 963 million square feet of space leased to 5,500 customers. The company’s property portfolio spans the globe, with properties in over 15 countries. 

2. American Tower Corporation 

With a market value of $105.507 Billion, American Tower Corporation is the most valued real estate investment company. The company owns property worth $40.789 Billion. This past year, ACT reported revenue of $7.760 billion and a profit of $1.905 Billion. 

The Real estate company founded and headquartered in Boston in 1995 is listed on the U.S. stock exchange. ATC operates through various segments which include U.S. Property, Asia Property, Europe Property, Africa Property, Latin America Property and Services.

American Tower owns approximately 18,000 communication cellular masts around the world and generates enormous revenue by offering tower-related services in the United States, including site acquisition, zoning & permitting services. This makes the company a direct proxy to the growing 5G industry. 

Tenant renewal rates for ATC is high because it is more expensive shopping for cheaper alternatives. This ensures that tenants remain on the company’s property.

  1. Brookfield Asset Management 

Brookfield Asset Management is the largest real estate investment company in the world – for the third consecutive year. Yet the company receives less scrutiny than its lesser competitors.

The Canadian real estate firm based in Toronto focuses on real estate, renewable power, infrastructure and private equity. Originally an offshoot of the Bronfman liquor dynasty, Brookfield generates revenue from ordinary stock market investors, sophisticated public pension systems and sovereign states such as Qatar.

Brookfield’s name adorns iconic skyscrapers such as London’s Canary Wharf, and Berlin’s reconstructed Potsdamer Platz. The company has a considerable presence in New York, where Brookfield dwarfs every other commercial landlord.

The company is valued at $51.279 Billion. Assets in Brookfield’s portfolio are worth t$324 billion. Last year the company generated a revenue of $69 Billion with a profit of $2.8 Billion.

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