Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) and American Farmland (NASDAQ:AFCO) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Jones Lang LaSalle and American Farmland’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jones Lang LaSalle $7.31 billion 0.80 $651.60 million $6.62 19.42
American Farmland N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Jones Lang LaSalle has higher revenue and earnings than American Farmland.

Dividends

Jones Lang LaSalle pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. American Farmland does not pay a dividend. Jones Lang LaSalle pays out 10.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. American Farmland has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Jones Lang LaSalle and American Farmland’s 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%
American Farmland 12.35% 1.47% 0.94%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Jones Lang LaSalle and American Farmland, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jones Lang LaSalle 0 2 4 0 2.67
American Farmland 0 0 0 0 N/A

Jones Lang LaSalle presently has a consensus price target of $131.80, suggesting a potential upside of 2.52%. Given Jones Lang LaSalle’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Jones Lang LaSalle is more favorable than American Farmland.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.3% of Jones Lang LaSalle shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Jones Lang LaSalle shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Jones Lang LaSalle beats American Farmland on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Jones Lang LaSalle Company Profile

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.

American Farmland Company Profile

American Farmland Company is an internally managed real estate company. The Company owns a portfolio of farmland, consisting of mature permanent, specialty/vegetable row and commodity row crop farms, including farmland in development, located in select major agricultural regions in the United States. It operates through four segments: Permanent Crop, Specialty/Vegetable Row Crop, Commodity Row Crop and Development. Permanent Crop consists of its Kimberly Vineyard, Golden Eagle Ranch, Quail Run Vineyard, Blue Heron Farms, Falcon Farms and Kingfisher Ranch properties. Specialty/Vegetable Row Crop consists of its Sandpiper Ranch and Sweetwater Farm properties. Commodity Row Crop consists of its Pleasant Plains Farm, Macomb Farm, Kane County Farms and Tillar Farm. Development consists of its Blue Cypress Farm, Roadrunner Ranch, Condor Ranch (of which over 68 mature acres are subject to participating leases), Grassy Island Groves, Pintail Vineyards and Hawk Creek Ranch properties.

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