Leju Holdings Limited (NYSE: LEJU) and CBRE Group (NYSE:CBG) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Leju Holdings Limited and CBRE Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Leju Holdings Limited 1 0 0 0 1.00
CBRE Group 0 1 2 0 2.67

Leju Holdings Limited currently has a consensus target price of $2.10, suggesting a potential upside of 32.08%. CBRE Group has a consensus target price of $38.67, suggesting a potential upside of 8.46%. Given Leju Holdings Limited’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Leju Holdings Limited is more favorable than CBRE Group.


This table compares Leju Holdings Limited and CBRE Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Leju Holdings Limited -5.24% -5.42% -3.82%
CBRE Group 5.21% 26.40% 8.08%

Volatility and Risk

Leju Holdings Limited has a beta of 3, meaning that its stock price is 200% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CBRE Group has a beta of 1.83, meaning that its stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

4.7% of Leju Holdings Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.4% of CBRE Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of CBRE Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Leju Holdings Limited and CBRE Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Leju Holdings Limited $514.83 million 0.42 -$36.21 million ($0.20) -7.95
CBRE Group $13.34 billion 0.90 $1.30 billion $2.05 17.39

CBRE Group has higher revenue and earnings than Leju Holdings Limited. Leju Holdings Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CBRE Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


CBRE Group beats Leju Holdings Limited on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Leju Holdings Limited Company Profile

Leju Holdings Limited is an online to offline (O2O), real estate services provider in China. The Company offers real estate e-commerce, online advertising and online listing services through its online platform, which consists of local Websites covering over 260 cities and various mobile applications. The Company integrates its online platform with offline services to facilitate residential property transactions. In addition to its own Websites, the Company operates various real estate and home furnishing Websites of SINA Corporation (SINA). Its O2O services for new residential properties include selling discount coupons and facilitating online property viewing, physical property visits, marketing events and pre-sale customer support. It sells advertising primarily on the SINA new residential properties and home furnishing Websites, which are operated by the Company.

CBRE Group Company Profile

CBRE Group, Inc. is a holding company that conducts all of its operations through its subsidiaries. The Company operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The Company operates through the segments: The Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management, and Development Services. The Company provides commercial real estate services under the CBRE brand name, investment management services under the CBRE Global Investors brand name and development services under the Trammell Crow Company brand name. The Company’s business is focused on commercial property, corporate facilities, project and transaction management, tenant/occupier and property/agency leasing, capital markets solutions (property sales, commercial mortgage brokerage, loan origination and servicing) real estate investment management, valuation, development services and proprietary research.

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