Life Storage stock: buy or sell?

LSI stock price: $112.07 -4.52% At close on February 27th, 2020

Updated on:
February 27th, 2020

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After topping to all time highs on Monday, Life Storage plunged -4.52% today to $112.07.

Life Storage, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed equity REIT that is in the business of acquiring and managing self storage facilities.

Should I buy Life Storage stock?

Even if you are a experienced or a novel trader, best trading results come from using an investing strategy that never leaves to random or subjective opinions when is the best moment to buy or sell stocks. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to choose and when is the best time to buy them. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

Currently, Life Storage stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is Life Storage stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. Unfortunately, we couldn't detect any rating for LSI stock for the last 30 days.

Life Storage stock analysis

Daily outlook

Life Storage plunged -4.52% today to $112.07 after marking all time highs on Monday.

Life Storage plunged -4.52% to $112.07 after reaching all time highs on Monday. Since December when LSI stock price broke up the SMA100d line, it gained $9.62 (9.39%). On Monday, LSI hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $119.38 recorded on Feb 18th. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

LSI stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Life Storage shares touched new all time highs back again this week, setting highs to $119.50. Shares ended at $112.07 and eased -4.62% during the week.

Price pattern shows an uptrend with two rising tops and bottoms, and now trading upwards to the $116.21 resistance. Since price and SMA20w lines crossed up by mid December 2019, LSI climbed $8.89 (8.62%).

LSI stock chart (weekly)

Life Storage stock price history

Life Storage IPO was on June 21st, 1995 at $5.27 per share1. Since then, LSI stock surged a 2,026.60%, with a yearly average of 84.40%. If you had invested $1,000 in Life Storage stock in 1995, it would worth $20,266.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

Life Storage stock historical price chart

LSI stock reached all-time highs on Monday with a price of $119.50.

Life Storage stock price target

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last month we have not detected any price target for Life Storage stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

, Life Storage reported its latest financial data, posting an astounding growth for the Earnings per Share (EPS) ratio. Experts expected $1.36 per share, but Life Storage posted $1.98.
LSI earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q1-n/an/an/a
2017-Q2-n/an/an/a
2017-Q32017-11-010.550.7638.2%
2017-Q42018-02-211.311.342.3%
2018-Q12018-05-021.281.31.6%
2018-Q22018-08-011.341.393.7%
2018-Q32018-10-311.41.453.6%
2018-Q42019-02-251.361.9845.6%
2019-Q1-n/an/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

In 2018, Life Storage annual revenues raised a beatiful 3.98% to $550.85 million dollars from $529.75 marked in 2017. On the other hand, its earnings margin (compared to revenues) rocketed to 37.50%, that is $206.59 million.

LSI annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2010$1,870 M-$40 M2.1%-
2011$2,044 M9.32%$331 M16.2%729.35%
2012$2,506 M22.61%$196 M7.8%-40.80%
2013$283 M-88.72%$71 M25.1%-63.82%
2014$326 M15.32%$89 M27.2%24.69%
2015$367 M12.43%$113 M30.7%27.10%
2016$463 M26.19%$85 M18.4%-24.26%
2017$530 M14.51%$96 M18.2%13.07%
2018$551 M3.98%$207 M37.5%114.38%

Quarterly financial results

Life Storage posted $138.27 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a -2.27% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $92.31 M with a profit margin of 66.76%. Profit margin skyrocketed a 37.70% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 29.06%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Life Storage sales marked a good growth and stepped up a 3.90%.
LSI quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q1$130 M-$20 M15.7%-
2017-Q2$133 M2.37%$19 M14.6%-5.24%
2017-Q3$136 M1.92%$35 M26.2%83.35%
2017-Q4$133 M-1.84%$21 M15.8%-40.60%
2018-Q1$133 M0.01%$34 M25.5%60.73%
2018-Q2$138 M3.69%$39 M28.5%15.89%
2018-Q3$141 M2.52%$41 M29.1%4.70%
2018-Q4$138 M-2.27%$92 M66.8%124.48%

Life Storage ownership

When you are planning to buy a company, it's always worth to overview its ownership structure.

Life Storage shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 1.65% of all shares.

Bearish positions for LSI stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

LSI
Market cap$5.2 B
Total shares46.7 M
Float shares44.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)93.3%
  - Insider holdings (%)1.7%
Shares in short selling0.0%

Life Storage summary

Thursday, February 27th, 2020
Open$116.24
Close$112.07
Day range$112.07 - $117.20
Previous close$117.37
Session gain-4.52%
Average true range$2.79
50d mov avg$111.55
100d mov avg$108.94
200d mov avg$103.49
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lb02a

Life Storage performance

To measure stock performance is always good to benchmark with competitors or related stocks. In the following table, we compare Life Storage to :
Stock3m6m12m
LSILife Storage3.34%7.82%19.54%

Life Storage competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Life Storage competitor. This doesn't mean Life Storage does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.