CBRE Group (NYSE: CBG) and Altisource Portfolio Solutions (NASDAQ:ASPS) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares CBRE Group and Altisource Portfolio Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CBRE Group 5.21% 26.40% 8.08%
Altisource Portfolio Solutions 0.60% 82.95% 8.76%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.6% of CBRE Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.9% of Altisource Portfolio Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of CBRE Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of Altisource Portfolio Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CBRE Group and Altisource Portfolio Solutions’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CBRE Group $13.34 billion 0.94 $1.26 billion $2.05 18.14
Altisource Portfolio Solutions $982.54 million 0.46 $148.76 million $0.28 89.61

CBRE Group has higher revenue and earnings than Altisource Portfolio Solutions. CBRE Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Altisource Portfolio Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

CBRE Group has a beta of 1.83, suggesting that its share price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for CBRE Group and Altisource Portfolio Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CBRE Group 0 1 2 0 2.67
Altisource Portfolio Solutions 0 2 0 0 2.00

CBRE Group presently has a consensus price target of $39.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.90%. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a consensus price target of $19.00, indicating a potential downside of 24.27%. Given CBRE Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe CBRE Group is more favorable than Altisource Portfolio Solutions.

Summary

CBRE Group beats Altisource Portfolio Solutions on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CBRE Group

CBRE Group, Inc. is a holding company that conducts all of its operations through its subsidiaries. The Company operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The Company operates through the segments: The Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management, and Development Services. The Company provides commercial real estate services under the CBRE brand name, investment management services under the CBRE Global Investors brand name and development services under the Trammell Crow Company brand name. The Company’s business is focused on commercial property, corporate facilities, project and transaction management, tenant/occupier and property/agency leasing, capital markets solutions (property sales, commercial mortgage brokerage, loan origination and servicing) real estate investment management, valuation, development services and proprietary research.

About Altisource Portfolio Solutions

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. is a marketplace and transaction solutions provider for the real estate, mortgage and consumer debt industries. The Company’s business processes, vendor and electronic payment management software and behavioral science-based analytics manage outcomes for marketplace participants. It operates through three segments: Mortgage Services, Financial Services and Technology Services. The Mortgage Services segment provides loan servicers, originators, rental property investors and real estate consumers with products, services and technologies. The Financial Services segment provides collection services to debt originators and servicers and customer relationship management services. The Technology Services segment provides software and data analytics solutions that support management of mortgage and real estate activities and marketplace transactions across mortgage and real estate lifecycles and information technology infrastructure management services.

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