Critical Contrast: J.W. Mays (MAYS) vs. AmBase (ABCP)

J.W. Mays (NASDAQ:MAYS) and AmBase (OTCMKTS:ABCP) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.1% of J.W. Mays shares are held by institutional investors. 32.8% of J.W. Mays shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 41.4% of AmBase shares 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares J.W. Mays and AmBase’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
J.W. Mays $19.30 million 4.12 $2.97 million N/A N/A
AmBase N/A N/A -$48.05 million N/A N/A

J.W. Mays has higher revenue and earnings than AmBase.

Risk and Volatility

J.W. Mays has a beta of -0.28, suggesting that its stock price is 128% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AmBase has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares J.W. Mays and AmBase’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
J.W. Mays 15.39% 1.15% 0.92%
AmBase N/A -5.94% -5.05%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for J.W. Mays and AmBase, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
J.W. Mays 0 0 0 0 N/A
AmBase 0 0 0 0 N/A


J.W. Mays beats AmBase on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

J.W. Mays Company Profile

J.W. Mays, Inc. owns, operates, and leases commercial real estate properties in the United States. Its properties are located in Brooklyn, Jamaica, Fishkill, Levittown, and Massapequa of New York, as well as Circleville of Ohio. The company was founded in 1924 and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

AmBase Company Profile

AmBase Corporation does not have significant operations. Previously, it invested in a real estate development property in New York, New York; and owned, operated, and managed a commercial office building. AmBase Corporation was incorporated in 1975 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

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