Gazit-Globe (NYSE: GZT) and Comstock Holding Companies (NASDAQ:CHCI) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Gazit-Globe and Comstock Holding Companies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Gazit-Globe||$1.25 billion||1.57||$205.00 million||N/A||N/A|
|Comstock Holding Companies||$41.58 million||0.12||-$8.99 million||($1.58)||-0.85|
This table compares Gazit-Globe and Comstock Holding Companies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Comstock Holding Companies||-14.02%||-94.21%||-7.85%|
Gazit-Globe pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Comstock Holding Companies does not pay a dividend.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
8.7% of Gazit-Globe shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.8% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are owned by institutional investors. 46.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Gazit-Globe and Comstock Holding Companies, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Comstock Holding Companies||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Gazit-Globe currently has a consensus price target of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of 8.80%. Given Gazit-Globe’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Gazit-Globe is more favorable than Comstock Holding Companies.
Volatility and Risk
Gazit-Globe has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Holding Companies has a beta of -0.37, indicating that its share price is 137% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Gazit-Globe beats Comstock Holding Companies on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
About Comstock Holding Companies
Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (Comstock ), formerly Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc. is a diversified real estate development and services company focused on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Company builds a range of products including apartments, single-family homes, townhouses, mid-rise condominiums, high-rise multi-family condominiums and mixed-use (residential and commercial) developments. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had built and delivered more than 5,300 homes. The Company has built homes and apartment buildings in suburban communities, where it focuses on low density products. The Company’s apartment buildings are developed as rental properties to be held and operated for its own purposes, converted at some point to for-sale condominium units or sold on a merchant build basis. In March 7, 2012, Cascades II completed the sale of its Potomac Square Apartment project to an affiliate of CAPREIT Acquisition Corporation.
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