General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: GFN) is one of 99 publicly-traded companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare General Finance Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

18.9% of General Finance Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 25.9% of General Finance Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.7% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for General Finance Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
General Finance Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67
General Finance Corporation Competitors 624 1855 2602 62 2.41

General Finance Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $7.60, indicating a potential upside of 43.40%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 5.31%. Given General Finance Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe General Finance Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares General Finance Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
General Finance Corporation $276.93 million $59.20 million -21.20
General Finance Corporation Competitors $1.10 billion $177.92 million 23.17

General Finance Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than General Finance Corporation. General Finance Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

General Finance Corporation has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Finance Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.13, meaning that their average stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares General Finance Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
General Finance Corporation -0.90% -1.37% -0.37%
General Finance Corporation Competitors -53.57% -160.85% 0.22%

Summary

General Finance Corporation beats its peers on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

General Finance Corporation Company Profile

General Finance Corporation is a specialty rental services company. The Company offers a range of portable storage units, including its core 20-feet and 40-feet steel containers, office container, mobile office and modular space products and steel tanks. It has two geographic areas that include its four operating segments: the Asia-Pacific area, consisting of the leasing operations of Royal Wolf Holdings Limited and its Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries (Royal Wolf), and North America, consisting of the combined leasing operations of Pac-Van, Inc. and its Canadian subsidiary, PV Acquisition Corp. (Pac-Van) and Lone Star Tank Rental Inc. (Lone Star), and the manufacturing operations of GFN Manufacturing Corporation and its subsidiary, Southern Frac, LLC (Southern Frac). As of June 30, 2016, the Company provided its storage solutions to over 41,000 customers across a range of industries, including commercial, construction, retail, transportation, education and others.

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