Forestar Group (NYSE: FOR) and REDFIN CORP (NASDAQ:RDFN) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.1% of Forestar Group shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Forestar Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Forestar Group and REDFIN CORP, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forestar Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
REDFIN CORP 0 4 2 0 2.33

REDFIN CORP has a consensus price target of $27.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.99%. Given REDFIN CORP’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe REDFIN CORP is more favorable than Forestar Group.

Profitability

This table compares Forestar Group and REDFIN CORP’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forestar Group 46.94% 8.75% 6.66%
REDFIN CORP N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Forestar Group and REDFIN CORP’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forestar Group $162.02 million 4.49 $34.63 million $2.08 8.34
REDFIN CORP N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Forestar Group has higher revenue and earnings than REDFIN CORP.

Summary

Forestar Group beats REDFIN CORP on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Forestar Group Company Profile

Forestar Group Inc. is a residential and mixed-use real estate development company. The Company operates through three segments. The Real Estate segment secures entitlements and develops infrastructure on its lands, for single-family residential and mixed-use communities. The Mineral resources segment is focused on its owned oil and gas mineral interests through promoting exploration, development and production activities. The Other segment manages its timber holdings, recreational leases and water resource initiatives. As of December 31, 2016, its core community development business had directly or through ventures interests in 50 residential and mixed-use projects consisting of 4,600 acres of real estate located in 10 states and 14 markets. As of December 31, 2016, its non-core assets included approximately 523,000 net acres of owned mineral assets, 19,000 acres of timberland and undeveloped land, four multifamily assets and approximately 20,000 acres of groundwater leases.

REDFIN CORP Company Profile

Redfin Corporation is engaged in providing residential real estate brokerage services. The customer can search for homes by neighborhood, city or MLS number, or can refine results using detailed parameters, such as price and number of beds or baths. The Company serves home buyers and sellers. The Company offers online tools to consumers, including Redfin Estimate, which is an automated home-valuation tool. The customer can search homes for sale in Austin, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, OR, Raleigh, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Seattle and Washington. The Company serves over 80 metro areas across the United States.

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