Transcontinental Realty Investors (NYSE: TCI) and REDFIN CORP (NASDAQ:RDFN) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.1% of Transcontinental Realty Investors shares are held by institutional investors. 81.0% of Transcontinental Realty Investors shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Transcontinental Realty Investors and REDFIN CORP’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Transcontinental Realty Investors -13.64% -7.61% -1.38%
REDFIN CORP N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Transcontinental Realty Investors and REDFIN CORP’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Transcontinental Realty Investors $121.84 million 1.89 $44.57 million ($2.01) -13.14
REDFIN CORP N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Transcontinental Realty Investors has higher revenue and earnings than REDFIN CORP.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Transcontinental Realty Investors and REDFIN CORP, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Transcontinental Realty Investors 0 3 0 0 2.00
REDFIN CORP 0 4 2 0 2.33

Transcontinental Realty Investors presently has a consensus target price of $20.33, indicating a potential downside of 23.04%. REDFIN CORP has a consensus target price of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.58%. Given REDFIN CORP’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe REDFIN CORP is more favorable than Transcontinental Realty Investors.

Summary

REDFIN CORP beats Transcontinental Realty Investors on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Transcontinental Realty Investors

Transcontinental Realty Investors, Inc. is an externally advised and managed real estate investment company that owns a portfolio of income-producing properties and land held for development. The Company’s segments are Commercial Properties, Apartments, Land and Other. Its portfolio of income-producing properties includes residential apartment communities, office buildings and other commercial properties. It acquires land mainly in in-fill locations or suburban markets. The Company’s income-producing properties consist of approximately eight commercial properties, including five office buildings, two retail properties and an industrial warehouse, comprising in aggregate approximately 1.9 million square feet; a golf course comprising approximately 96.09 acres, and approximately 50 residential apartment communities comprising over 7,980 units, excluding apartments being developed. In addition, it owns approximately 3,660 acres of land held for development.

About REDFIN CORP

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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