FirstService (NASDAQ:FSV) and HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR (OTCMKTS:HNGKY) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

FirstService pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. FirstService pays out 33.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. FirstService has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares FirstService and HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FirstService 3.12% 23.44% 6.10%
HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FirstService and HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FirstService $1.93 billion 1.75 $65.86 million $1.80 51.94
HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR $1.96 billion 8.33 $5.59 billion N/A N/A

HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than FirstService.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for FirstService and HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FirstService 0 4 0 0 2.00
HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A

FirstService presently has a consensus price target of $86.67, suggesting a potential downside of 7.31%. Given FirstService’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe FirstService is more favorable than HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.0% of FirstService shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

FirstService has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

FirstService beats HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FirstService

FirstService Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides residential property services to residential and commercial customers in the United States and Canada. The company operates through two segments, FirstService Residential and FirstService Brands. The FirstService Residential segment provides property management services for private residential communities, such as condominiums, co-operatives, homeowner associations, master-planned communities, active adult and lifestyle communities, and various other residential developments. This segment also offers a range of ancillary services, including on-site staffing for building engineering and maintenance, full-service amenity management, security and concierge/front desk, and landscaping; and financial services comprising cash management, other banking transaction-related services, and specialized property insurance brokerage. In addition, this segment provides energy management solutions and advisory services, and resale processing services. The FirstService Brands segment offers property services through 6 franchise networks; and company-owned locations, including 18 California Closets locations and 9 Paul Davis Restoration locations. It offers residential and commercial restoration, painting, and floor coverings design and installation services; custom-designed and installed closet, and home storage solutions; home inspection services; exterior residential painting and window cleaning services; fire protection services; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services, as well as related services. This segment provides its services primarily under the Paul Davis Restoration, CertaPro Painters, California Closets, Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, Floor Coverings International, College Pro Painters, and Century Fire Protection brand names. FirstService Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

About HONGKONG LD HOL/ADR

Hongkong Land Holdings Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the investment, development, and management of real estate properties in Greater China, Southeast Asia, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Investment Properties and Development Properties. It owns and manages approximately 850,000 square meters of office and luxury retail property primarily in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Beijing. The company also develops and sells residential properties. In addition, it is involved in hotel investment and finance businesses. The company was founded in 1889 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda. Hongkong Land Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of Jardine Strategic Holdings Limited.

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