Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM) and St. Joe Company (The) (NYSE:JOE) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Brookfield Asset Management and St. Joe Company (The)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brookfield Asset Management 5.39% 2.12% 0.85%
St. Joe Company (The) 13.09% 1.73% 1.16%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Brookfield Asset Management and St. Joe Company (The), as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brookfield Asset Management 0 1 6 0 2.86
St. Joe Company (The) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Brookfield Asset Management currently has a consensus price target of $41.57, suggesting a potential upside of 8.80%. Given Brookfield Asset Management’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Brookfield Asset Management is more favorable than St. Joe Company (The).

Institutional and Insider Ownership

53.5% of Brookfield Asset Management shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.2% of St. Joe Company (The) shares are held by institutional investors. 32.8% of St. Joe Company (The) shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Brookfield Asset Management and St. Joe Company (The)’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brookfield Asset Management $26.74 billion 1.37 $8.19 billion $1.25 30.57
St. Joe Company (The) $88.69 million 14.44 $7.25 million $0.16 111.26

Brookfield Asset Management has higher revenue and earnings than St. Joe Company (The). Brookfield Asset Management is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than St. Joe Company (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Brookfield Asset Management pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. St. Joe Company (The) does not pay a dividend. Brookfield Asset Management pays out 44.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. St. Joe Company (The) has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Brookfield Asset Management has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, St. Joe Company (The) has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Brookfield Asset Management Company Profile

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is an alternative asset manager. The Company operates in eight segments. The Asset Management segment manages its listed partnerships, private funds and public markets on behalf of its clients. The Property segment includes the ownership, operation and development of office, retail and other properties. The Renewable power segment operates and develops hydroelectric, wind power and other generating facilities. The Infrastructure segment includes the ownership, operation and development of utilities and agricultural operations, among others. The Residential development segment includes homebuilding, condominium development and land development. The Service activities segment includes construction management and contracting services and property services. The Private equity segment includes the investments and operations overseen by its private equity group. The Corporate activities segment includes the allocation of capital to its operating platforms.

St. Joe Company (The) Company Profile

The St. Joe Company is a real estate development, asset management and operating company. The Company operates through five segments: residential real estate; commercial real estate; resorts and leisure; leasing operations, and forestry. Its residential real estate segment plans and develops primary residential and resort residential communities of various sizes on its existing land. Its commercial real estate segment plans, develops, manages and sells real estate. Resorts and leisure segment features a portfolio of vacation rentals and hotel operations, as well as golf courses, a beach club, marinas and other related resort amenities. Its leasing operations business includes its retail and commercial leasing. Its forestry segment focuses on the management of its timber holdings in Northwest Florida.

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