HFF (NYSE: HF) and E-House (China) Holdings Limited (NYSE:EJ) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for HFF and E-House (China) Holdings Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HFF 1 2 1 0 2.00
E-House (China) Holdings Limited 0 0 0 0 N/A

HFF currently has a consensus price target of $28.00, indicating a potential downside of 25.15%. Given HFF’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe HFF is more favorable than E-House (China) Holdings Limited.

Risk & Volatility

HFF has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, E-House (China) Holdings Limited has a beta of 1.94, meaning that its share price is 94% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares HFF and E-House (China) Holdings Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HFF $542.82 million 2.66 $84.87 million $2.20 17.00
E-House (China) Holdings Limited N/A N/A N/A $0.09 75.45

HFF has higher revenue and earnings than E-House (China) Holdings Limited. HFF is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than E-House (China) Holdings Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares HFF and E-House (China) Holdings Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HFF 15.51% 40.20% 8.06%
E-House (China) Holdings Limited -15.06% -15.54% -10.97%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.1% of HFF shares are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of HFF shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

HFF beats E-House (China) Holdings Limited on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

HFF Company Profile

HFF, Inc. is a holding company. The Company holds the partnership interests in Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. and HFF Securities L.P. (together, the Operating Partnerships), held through the subsidiary HFF Partnership Holdings, LLC, and all of the outstanding shares of Holliday GP Corp. (Holliday GP). The Company operates through the commercial real estate financial intermediary segment. It offers debt placement, investment sales, distressed debt and real estate owned advisory services, equity placement, investment banking and advisory services, loan sales and commercial loan servicing. Its fully-integrated national capital markets platform, coupled with its knowledge of the commercial real estate markets provides an range of capital markets services, including Debt placement; Investment sales; Distressed debt and real estate owned advisory services; Equity placement; Investment banking and advisory services; Loan sales; and Commercial loan servicing.

E-House (China) Holdings Limited Company Profile

E-House (China) Holdings Limited is a real estate services company. The Company’s segments include real estate online services, real estate brokerage services, real estate information and consulting services, community value-added services and other services. It provides real estate online services, including e-commerce, online advertising and listing services; real estate brokerage services, including primary real estate agency services and secondary real estate brokerage services; real estate information and consulting services; community value-added services, and other services, including real estate advertising services, real estate promotional event services and real estate financial services. It provides online-to-offline and real estate services. It 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.

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