Colliers International Group (NASDAQ: CIGI) and Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Colliers International Group and Jones Lang LaSalle’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Colliers International Group 3.23% 49.70% 8.55%
Jones Lang LaSalle 4.14% 12.04% 4.67%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Colliers International Group and Jones Lang LaSalle’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Colliers International Group $2.01 billion 1.05 $209.86 million $1.66 32.83
Jones Lang LaSalle $7.31 billion 0.81 $651.60 million $6.62 19.78

Jones Lang LaSalle has higher revenue and earnings than Colliers International Group. Jones Lang LaSalle is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Colliers International Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.5% of Colliers International Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.3% of Jones Lang LaSalle shares are held by institutional investors. 15.3% of Colliers International Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Jones Lang LaSalle shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Colliers International Group and Jones Lang LaSalle, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Colliers International Group 0 0 6 0 3.00
Jones Lang LaSalle 0 3 4 0 2.57

Colliers International Group presently has a consensus price target of $68.88, indicating a potential upside of 26.38%. Jones Lang LaSalle has a consensus price target of $131.80, indicating a potential upside of 0.67%. Given Colliers International Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Colliers International Group is more favorable than Jones Lang LaSalle.

Dividends

Colliers International Group pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Jones Lang LaSalle pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Colliers International Group pays out 6.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Jones Lang LaSalle pays out 10.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Jones Lang LaSalle has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Jones Lang LaSalle is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility & Risk

Colliers International Group has a beta of 1.73, suggesting that its share price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jones Lang LaSalle has a beta of 1.8, suggesting that its share price is 80% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Colliers International Group beats Jones Lang LaSalle on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Colliers International Group Company Profile

Colliers International Group Inc. is engaged in the provision of commercial real estate services. The Company offers services, including outsourcing and advisory services, lease brokerage and sales brokerage. Its segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific, and Corporate. It is engaged in the transaction brokerage business, which provides services in sales and leasing for commercial clients. The Sales and Lease Brokerage Division executes transactions across a client base, including corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. It provides services for sales, leases and mortgages in various areas, such as landlord representation, tenant representation, and capital markets and investment services. The Outsourcing and Advisory Services Division provides appraisal and valuation services; facility, property and asset management services; project management services, and research for commercial real estate clients.

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.

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