Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) and Reis (NASDAQ:REIS) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Jones Lang LaSalle has a beta of 1.81, indicating that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Reis has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Jones Lang LaSalle and Reis, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jones Lang LaSalle 0 2 4 0 2.67
Reis 0 0 2 0 3.00

Jones Lang LaSalle currently has a consensus price target of $131.80, indicating a potential upside of 9.82%. Reis has a consensus price target of $24.50, indicating a potential upside of 38.03%. Given Reis’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Reis is more favorable than Jones Lang LaSalle.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Jones Lang LaSalle and Reis’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jones Lang LaSalle $7.31 billion 0.74 $651.60 million $6.62 18.13
Reis $46.93 million 4.35 $6.64 million $0.10 177.52

Jones Lang LaSalle has higher revenue and earnings than Reis. Jones Lang LaSalle is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Reis, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Jones Lang LaSalle pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Reis pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Jones Lang LaSalle pays out 10.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Reis pays out 680.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Jones Lang LaSalle has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.5% of Jones Lang LaSalle shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.7% of Reis shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Jones Lang LaSalle shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.6% of Reis 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.

Profitability

This table compares Jones Lang LaSalle and Reis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jones Lang LaSalle 4.14% 12.04% 4.67%
Reis 2.49% 1.20% 0.92%

Summary

Jones Lang LaSalle beats Reis on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Jones Lang LaSalle

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL) is a financial and professional services company specializing in real estate. The Company operates through four business segments: Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific, and LaSalle. It offers integrated services on a local, regional and global basis to owner, occupier, investor and developer clients. It delivers various real estate services (RES) across three geographic business segments: the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Its RES is organized into five product categories: leasing; capital markets and hotels; property and facility management; project and development services, and advisory, consulting and other services. LaSalle offers clients with real estate investment products and services, such as private investments in multiple real estate property types, including office, industrial, healthcare and multifamily residential. LaSalle enables clients to invest in separate accounts focused on public real estate equities.

About Reis

Reis, Inc. (Reis) is engaged in providing commercial real estate market information and analytical tools to real estate professionals, through its Reis Services subsidiary. The Company operates through Reis Services segment. It maintains a database containing detailed information on commercial properties in metropolitan markets and neighborhoods throughout the United States. The database contains information on apartment, office, retail, warehouse or distribution, flex or research and development, self-storage and seniors housing properties, and is used by real estate investors, lenders and other professionals to make informed buying, selling and financing decisions. Its product portfolio includes Reis Subscriber Edition (SE), its delivery platform aimed at larger and mid-sized enterprises; ReisReports, aimed at prosumers and smaller enterprises, and Mobiuss Portfolio CRE (Mobiuss), aimed at risk managers and credit administrators at banks and non-bank lending institutions.

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