CAHS China HGS Real Estate (NASDAQ:HGSH) and Maui Land & Pineapple (NYSE:MLP) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares CAHS China HGS Real Estate and Maui Land & Pineapple’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CAHS China HGS Real Estate -1.02% -0.25% -0.11%
Maui Land & Pineapple 7.17% 2.70% 1.75%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of CAHS China HGS Real Estate shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.4% of Maui Land & Pineapple shares are held by institutional investors. 70.1% of CAHS China HGS Real Estate shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 65.5% of Maui Land & Pineapple shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

CAHS China HGS Real Estate has a beta of 3.01, suggesting that its stock price is 201% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Maui Land & Pineapple has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for CAHS China HGS Real Estate and Maui Land & Pineapple, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CAHS China HGS Real Estate 0 0 0 0 N/A
Maui Land & Pineapple 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CAHS China HGS Real Estate and Maui Land & Pineapple’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CAHS China HGS Real Estate $65.49 million 0.56 $5.24 million N/A N/A
Maui Land & Pineapple $11.04 million 18.37 $500,000.00 N/A N/A

CAHS China HGS Real Estate has higher revenue and earnings than Maui Land & Pineapple.

Summary

Maui Land & Pineapple beats CAHS China HGS Real Estate on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CAHS China HGS Real Estate

China HGS Real Estate Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops real estate properties in the People's Republic of China. The company engages in the construction and sale of residential apartments, parking lots, and commercial properties. It also develops multi-layer, sub-high-rise, and high-rise apartment buildings, as well as office buildings. In addition, the company offers various services, such as land acquisition, project planning, design management, construction management, sales and marketing, and property management. China HGS Real Estate Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Hanzhong, the People's Republic of China.

About Maui Land & Pineapple

Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, sells, and manages residential, resort, commercial, agricultural, and industrial real estate properties in the United States. The company operates through Real Estate, Leasing, Utilities, and Resort Amenities segments. The Real Estate segment is involved in the land planning and entitlement, development, and sales activities; and general brokerage real estate business. The Leasing segment leases residential, resort, commercial, agricultural, and industrial land and properties; and licenses its registered trademarks and trade names, as well as provides stewardship and conservation services. The Utilities segment provides potable and non-potable water utility services, and sewage collection and transmission services, as well as owns and operates non-potable wells, irrigation ditches, reservoirs, and transmission systems that serve the Kapalua Resort, the County of Maui, and agricultural users in West and Upcountry Maui. The Resort Amenities segment manages the operations of the Kapalua Club, a private, non-equity club program providing its members special programs, access, and other privileges at certain amenities at the Kapalua Resort. It owns approximately 23,000 acres of land on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. was founded in 1909 and is based in Lahaina, Hawaii.

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