UCP (NYSE: UCP) and Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) are both construction companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares UCP and Toll Brothers’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UCP $375.64 million 0.24 $13.88 million $0.66 16.97
Toll Brothers $5.41 billion 1.16 $507.03 million $2.19 17.48

Toll Brothers has higher revenue and earnings than UCP. UCP is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Toll Brothers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for UCP and Toll Brothers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UCP 0 0 0 0 N/A
Toll Brothers 0 7 8 0 2.53

Toll Brothers has a consensus target price of $38.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.76%. Given Toll Brothers’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Toll Brothers is more favorable than UCP.

Profitability

This table compares UCP and Toll Brothers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UCP 1.51% 2.79% 1.45%
Toll Brothers 7.39% 9.19% 4.17%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.5% of UCP shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.9% of Toll Brothers shares are owned by institutional investors. 57.0% of UCP shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Toll Brothers shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

UCP has a beta of 1.43, meaning that its share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Toll Brothers has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Toll Brothers beats UCP on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About UCP

UCP, Inc. is a homebuilder and land developer with a focus on residential land acquisition, development and entitlement, as well as home design, construction and sales. The Company operates in two segments: homebuilding and land development. The homebuilding and land segments include two geographic regions: West and Southeast. The Company operates in the states of California, Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. In California, the Company primarily operates in the Central Valley area (Fresno and Madera counties), the Monterey Bay area (Monterey County), the South San Francisco Bay area (Santa Clara and San Benito counties) and in Southern California (Los Angeles, Ventura and Kern counties). In Washington State, it operates in the Puget Sound area (King, Snohomish, Thurston and Kitsap counties). In North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, its operations are in the Charlotte, Myrtle Beach and Nashville markets.

About Toll Brothers

Toll Brothers, Inc. is engaged in designing, building, marketing, selling and arranging financing for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. The Company operates through two segments: Traditional Home Building and Toll Brothers City Living (City Living). Within the Traditional Home Building segment, it operates in five geographic segments in the United States: the North, consisting of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York; the Mid-Atlantic, consisting of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; the South, consisting of Florida, North Carolina and Texas; the West, consisting of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Washington, and California. City Living is the Company’s urban development division. Its products include Traditional Home Building Product and City Living Product. Its Traditional Home Building Product includes detached homes, move-up, executive, estate, and active-adult and age-qualified lines of home.

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