Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) and Leju Holdings Limited (NYSE:LEJU) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Jones Lang LaSalle and Leju Holdings Limited’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jones Lang LaSalle $7.31 billion 0.79 $651.60 million $6.62 19.24
Leju Holdings Limited $449.20 million 0.46 -$91.60 million ($0.91) -1.66

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

Profitability

This table compares Jones Lang LaSalle and Leju Holdings Limited’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%
Leju Holdings Limited -27.57% -31.88% -22.18%

Dividends

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.3% of Jones Lang LaSalle shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.4% of Leju Holdings Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Jones Lang LaSalle shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Jones Lang LaSalle and Leju Holdings Limited, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jones Lang LaSalle 0 3 4 0 2.57
Leju Holdings Limited 1 0 0 0 1.00

Jones Lang LaSalle presently has a consensus target price of $131.80, suggesting a potential upside of 3.48%. Leju Holdings Limited has a consensus target price of $2.10, suggesting a potential upside of 39.07%. Given Leju Holdings Limited’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Leju Holdings Limited is more favorable than Jones Lang LaSalle.

Volatility & Risk

Jones Lang LaSalle has a beta of 1.8, meaning that its share price is 80% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Leju Holdings Limited has a beta of 2.94, meaning that its share price is 194% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Jones Lang LaSalle beats Leju Holdings Limited on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Jones Lang LaSalle

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.

About Leju Holdings Limited

Leju Holdings Limited is an online to offline (O2O), real estate services provider in China. The Company offers real estate e-commerce, online advertising and online listing services through its online platform, which consists of local Websites covering over 260 cities and various mobile applications. The Company integrates its online platform with offline services to facilitate residential property transactions. In addition to its own Websites, the Company operates various real estate and home furnishing Websites of SINA Corporation (SINA). Its O2O services for new residential properties include selling discount coupons and facilitating online property viewing, physical property visits, marketing events and pre-sale customer support. It sells advertising primarily on the SINA new residential properties and home furnishing Websites, which are operated by the Company.

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