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

Dividends

Jones Lang LaSalle pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Landmark Infrastructure Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.5%. Jones Lang LaSalle pays out 10.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Landmark Infrastructure Partners pays out 263.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Landmark Infrastructure Partners has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Landmark Infrastructure Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Jones Lang LaSalle and Landmark Infrastructure Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jones Lang LaSalle 0 2 4 0 2.67
Landmark Infrastructure Partners 0 0 2 0 3.00

Jones Lang LaSalle presently has a consensus target price of $131.80, indicating a potential upside of 9.20%. Landmark Infrastructure Partners has a consensus target price of $18.50, indicating a potential upside of 11.28%. Given Landmark Infrastructure Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Landmark Infrastructure Partners is more favorable than Jones Lang LaSalle.

Profitability

This table compares Jones Lang LaSalle and Landmark Infrastructure Partners’ 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%
Landmark Infrastructure Partners 26.38% 9.69% 2.65%

Volatility & Risk

Jones Lang LaSalle has a beta of 1.81, indicating that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Landmark Infrastructure Partners has a beta of 0.42, indicating that its share price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Jones Lang LaSalle and Landmark Infrastructure Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jones Lang LaSalle $7.31 billion 0.75 $651.60 million $6.62 18.23
Landmark Infrastructure Partners $47.53 million 6.91 $38.35 million $0.54 30.79

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.5% of Jones Lang LaSalle shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.6% of Landmark Infrastructure Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Jones Lang LaSalle shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Landmark Infrastructure Partners shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Jones Lang LaSalle beats Landmark Infrastructure Partners on 10 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 Landmark Infrastructure Partners

Landmark Infrastructure Partners LP is a master limited partnership formed to acquire, own and manage a portfolio of real property interests that it leases to companies in the wireless communication, outdoor advertising and renewable power generation industries. The Company operates through three segments. The Wireless Communication segment consists of leasing real property interests and financing to companies in the wireless communication industry in the United States. The Outdoor Advertising segment consists of leasing real property interests to companies in the outdoor advertising industry in the United States. The Renewable Power Generation segment consists of leasing real property interests and financing to companies in the renewable power industry in the United States. The Company’s real property interests consist of a portfolio of long term and perpetual easements, tenant lease assignments and fee simple properties located primarily in the United States.

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