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

Profitability

This table compares CBRE Group and Tremor Video’s 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%
Tremor Video -7.11% -16.72% -8.96%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CBRE Group and Tremor Video’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CBRE Group $13.34 billion 0.98 $1.26 billion $2.05 18.90
Tremor Video N/A N/A N/A ($0.27) -17.52

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for CBRE Group and Tremor Video, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CBRE Group 0 1 2 0 2.67
Tremor Video 0 1 2 0 2.67

CBRE Group currently has a consensus target price of $39.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.65%. Tremor Video has a consensus target price of $4.13, indicating a potential downside of 12.79%. Given CBRE Group’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe CBRE Group is more favorable than Tremor Video.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.7% of CBRE Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.7% of Tremor Video shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of CBRE Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of Tremor Video shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

CBRE Group has a beta of 1.82, indicating that its stock price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tremor Video has a beta of 1.21, indicating that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

CBRE Group beats Tremor Video on 8 of the 9 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 Tremor Video

Trulia, Inc. is a real estate search engine company. The Company’s marketplace, delivered through the web and mobile applications, gives consumers tools to research homes and neighborhoods and enables real estate professionals to market their listings and attract new clients. The Company also offers a suite of free and subscription products that provide real estate professionals with access to transaction-ready consumers and help them to grow and manage their online presence. For the year ended December 31, 2013, the Company had 38.8 million monthly unique visitors. As at December 31, 2013, the Company had more than 437,000 active real estate professionals in its Trulia marketplace and 157,000 active real estate professionals using its Market Leader software and services. Approximately 59,700 of these real estate professionals were paying subscribers (assuming 20% overlap between Trulia subscribers and Marker Leader’s premium subscribers).

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