HMG/Courtland Properties (NYSE:HMG) and Easterly Government Properties (NYSE:DEA) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
5.7% of HMG/Courtland Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.8% of Easterly Government Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. 59.0% of HMG/Courtland Properties shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.9% of Easterly Government Properties shares are owned by company insiders. 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.
This table compares HMG/Courtland Properties and Easterly Government Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Easterly Government Properties||3.10%||0.60%||0.32%|
Volatility and Risk
HMG/Courtland Properties has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Easterly Government Properties has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for HMG/Courtland Properties and Easterly Government Properties, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Easterly Government Properties||0||3||2||0||2.40|
Easterly Government Properties has a consensus target price of $25.60, indicating a potential upside of 15.26%. Given Easterly Government Properties’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Easterly Government Properties is more favorable than HMG/Courtland Properties.
HMG/Courtland Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Easterly Government Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Easterly Government Properties pays out 86.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Easterly Government Properties has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years. Easterly Government Properties is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares HMG/Courtland Properties and Easterly Government Properties’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Easterly Government Properties||$221.72 million||7.98||$7.21 million||$1.20||18.51|
Easterly Government Properties has higher revenue and earnings than HMG/Courtland Properties.
Easterly Government Properties beats HMG/Courtland Properties on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
About HMG/Courtland Properties
HMG/Courtland Properties, Inc. and subsidiaries, is a Delaware corporation organized in 1972. The Company's business is the ownership and management of income-producing commercial properties and it will consider other investments if they offer growth or profit potential.
About Easterly Government Properties
Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (NYSE:DEA) is based in Washington, D.C., and focuses primarily on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties that are leased to the U.S. Government. Easterly's experienced management team brings specialized insight into the strategy and needs of mission-critical U.S. Government agencies for properties leased to such agencies either directly or through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
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