FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ: FSV) is one of 24 public companies in the “Real Estate Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare FirstService Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares FirstService Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
FirstService Corporation $1.48 billion $33.59 million 54.09
FirstService Corporation Competitors $2.13 billion $74.49 million -1,318.80

FirstService Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than FirstService Corporation. FirstService Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

FirstService Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. FirstService Corporation pays out 39.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Real Estate Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 38.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. FirstService Corporation lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares FirstService Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FirstService Corporation 2.74% 24.16% 5.65%
FirstService Corporation Competitors 5.37% 16.34% 3.60%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.2% of FirstService Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of shares of all “Real Estate Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.8% of shares of all “Real Estate Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for FirstService Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FirstService Corporation 0 6 0 0 2.00
FirstService Corporation Competitors 87 349 616 16 2.53

FirstService Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $66.50, indicating a potential downside of 0.85%. As a group, “Real Estate Services” companies have a potential upside of 7.80%. Given FirstService Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe FirstService Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

FirstService Corporation has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FirstService Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.53, meaning that their average stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

FirstService Corporation peers beat FirstService Corporation on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

About FirstService Corporation

Firstservice Corporation is a provider of residential property management and other essential property services to residential and commercial customers. The Company operates through two segments: FirstService Residential and FirstService Brands. FirstService Residential is a property manager and provides ancillary services in the areas of on-site staffing, including building engineering and maintenance, full-service amenity management, security, concierge and front desk personnel, and landscaping; banking and insurance products, and energy conservation and management solutions. FirstService Brands provides essential property services to residential and commercial customers in North America through franchise networks and Company-owned locations. The principal brands in this division include Paul Davis Restoration, California Closets, Certa Pro Painters, Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, Floor Coverings International, College Pro Painters, Century Fire Protection and Service America.

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