Brookfield Property Partners (NASDAQ: BPY) and Howard Hughes (NYSE:HHC) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Brookfield Property Partners and Howard Hughes’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brookfield Property Partners 11.89% 1.66% 0.70%
Howard Hughes 5.83% 3.27% 1.40%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Brookfield Property Partners and Howard Hughes, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brookfield Property Partners 0 2 2 0 2.50
Howard Hughes 0 1 1 0 2.50

Brookfield Property Partners currently has a consensus target price of $25.17, indicating a potential upside of 18.04%. Howard Hughes has a consensus target price of $136.50, indicating a potential upside of 7.11%. Given Brookfield Property Partners’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Brookfield Property Partners is more favorable than Howard Hughes.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Brookfield Property Partners and Howard Hughes’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brookfield Property Partners $5.19 billion 1.05 $660.00 million $0.24 88.84
Howard Hughes $1.04 billion 5.33 $202.30 million $1.47 86.69

Brookfield Property Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Howard Hughes. Howard Hughes is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brookfield Property Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Brookfield Property Partners has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Howard Hughes has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Brookfield Property Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Howard Hughes does not pay a dividend. Brookfield Property Partners pays out 491.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

61.7% of Brookfield Property Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.3% of Howard Hughes shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.7% of Howard Hughes shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Howard Hughes beats Brookfield Property Partners on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Brookfield Property Partners

Brookfield Property Partners L.P. is a diversified global real estate company. The Company owns, operates and develops a portfolio of office, retail, multifamily, industrial, hospitality, triple net lease, self-storage and student housing assets. Its partnership is Brookfield Asset Management Inc.’s public commercial property entity and the primary vehicle through which it invests in real estate on a global basis. It operates through four segments: Core Office, Core Retail, Opportunistic and Corporate. As of December 31, 2016, its Core Office segment consisted of interests in 142 office properties totaling 99 million square feet. As of December 31, 2016, its Core Retail segment consisted of interests in 127 regional malls and urban retail properties. As of December 31, 2016, its Opportunistic segment consisted of 107 office properties comprising approximately 29 million square feet of office space in the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil and Asia.

About Howard Hughes

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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