The RMR Group (NASDAQ: RMR) and Gazit-Globe (NYSE:GZT) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Dividends

The RMR Group pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Gazit-Globe pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. The RMR Group pays out 36.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

The RMR Group has a beta of -0.71, suggesting that its share price is 171% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gazit-Globe has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares The RMR Group and Gazit-Globe’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The RMR Group $266.94 million 3.27 $37.24 million $2.78 20.81
Gazit-Globe $1.25 billion 1.59 $205.00 million N/A N/A

Gazit-Globe has higher revenue and earnings than The RMR Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

34.5% of The RMR Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.7% of Gazit-Globe shares are held by institutional investors. 55.3% of The RMR Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares The RMR Group and Gazit-Globe’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The RMR Group 16.44% 10.14% 7.43%
Gazit-Globe -45.72% 4.16% 1.53%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for The RMR Group and Gazit-Globe, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The RMR Group 0 3 2 0 2.40
Gazit-Globe 0 0 3 0 3.00

The RMR Group currently has a consensus target price of $59.50, indicating a potential upside of 2.85%. Gazit-Globe has a consensus target price of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.90%. Given Gazit-Globe’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Gazit-Globe is more favorable than The RMR Group.

Summary

Gazit-Globe beats The RMR Group on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About The RMR Group

The RMR Group Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s business is primarily conducted by its subsidiary, The RMR Group LLC (RMR LLC). The Company’s segments include RMR LLC and All Other Operations. RMR LLC manages a portfolio of publicly owned real estate and real estate related businesses. RMR LLC manages Government Properties Income Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT) that primarily owns properties that are leased to government tenants; Hospitality Properties Trust, an REIT that primarily owns hotels and travel centers; Select Income REIT, an REIT that primarily owns properties leased to single tenants across the United States and leased lands in Hawaii, and Senior Housing Properties Trust, an REIT that primarily owns senior living communities and medical office buildings. As of June 30, 2016, RMR LLC managed over 1,300 properties, which were located in 48 states, Washington, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada.

About Gazit-Globe

Gazit-Globe Ltd. is a real estate company specialized in retail premises. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, development and management of properties. Its segments include Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Estonia and Denmark. It focuses on supermarket-anchored shopping centers in urban growth markets. It operates internationally through its publicly traded and privately held subsidiaries. It operates in more than 20 countries, and owns and manages approximately 430 properties with a gross leasable area of approximately 6.5 million square meters. The Company’s properties include Kista Galleria, Iso Omena, Potrero Center, Yorkville Village, Atrium Promenada, Serramonte Shopping Center, Galeria Dominikanska, Westbury Plaza, Northgate Centre, San Pelegrino Shopping Mall, G Tzameret, Kosice Optima Shopping Center, Coens Galerie, Parkway Mall, Rutherford Marketplace, Atrium Copernicus, Atrium Biala, Molo Shopping Center, Wentorf Shopping Center, Plaza Escuela and Mount Royal Village.

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