Howard Hughes (HHC) and Its Rivals Head-To-Head Survey

Howard Hughes (NYSE: HHC) is one of 65 public companies in the “Real Estate Development & Operations” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Howard Hughes to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Howard Hughes and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Howard Hughes 5.83% 3.27% 1.40%
Howard Hughes Competitors -2.08% -0.62% 1.71%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.9% of Howard Hughes shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.9% of shares of all “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies are held by institutional investors. 20.7% of Howard Hughes shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 41.1% of shares of all “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Howard Hughes and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Howard Hughes 0 1 1 0 2.50
Howard Hughes Competitors 162 376 865 9 2.51

Howard Hughes currently has a consensus price target of $136.50, suggesting a potential upside of 7.10%. As a group, “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies have a potential upside of 29.44%. Given Howard Hughes’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Howard Hughes has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Howard Hughes and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Howard Hughes $1.04 billion $202.30 million 87.29
Howard Hughes Competitors $438.91 million $33.86 million 1,263.73

Howard Hughes has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Howard Hughes 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.

Risk and Volatility

Howard Hughes has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Howard Hughes’ peers have a beta of 0.63, indicating that their average share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Howard Hughes peers beat Howard Hughes on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Howard Hughes Company Profile

The Howard Hughes Corporation is a developer of master planned communities and mixed use properties. The Company is engaged in the ownership, management and the redevelopment or repositioning of real estate assets, as well as other real estate opportunities in the form of entitled and unentitled land and other development rights, also called Strategic Developments. It operates through three segments: Master Planned Communities, Operating Assets and Strategic Developments. Its Master Planned Communities segment consists of the development and sale of residential land and the development of commercial land to hold, develop or sell. Its master planned communities include The Woodlands, Summerlin, Maryland, Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills. As of December 31, 2016, its Operating Assets segment included 54 properties, investments and other assets. As of December 31, 2016, the Strategic Developments segment included 23 development projects.

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