Comstock Holding Companies (NASDAQ: CHCI) and Fc Global Realty (NASDAQ:FCRE) are both small-cap real estate development & operations – nec companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and Fc Global Realty’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comstock Holding Companies -14.02% -94.21% -7.85%
Fc Global Realty N/A -81.53% -15.45%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Comstock Holding Companies and Fc Global Realty, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comstock Holding Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Fc Global Realty 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

9.8% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by institutional investors. 46.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.8% of Fc Global Realty shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and Fc Global Realty’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Comstock Holding Companies $41.58 million 0.14 -$8.99 million ($1.57) -1.01
Fc Global Realty $38.39 million 0.13 -$13.26 million ($0.30) -3.27

Comstock Holding Companies has higher revenue and earnings than Fc Global Realty. Fc Global Realty is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Comstock Holding Companies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Comstock Holding Companies has a beta of -0.38, suggesting that its stock price is 138% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fc Global Realty has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Comstock Holding Companies beats Fc Global Realty on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Comstock Holding Companies Company Profile

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (Comstock ), formerly Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc. is a diversified real estate development and services company focused on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Company builds a range of products including apartments, single-family homes, townhouses, mid-rise condominiums, high-rise multi-family condominiums and mixed-use (residential and commercial) developments. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had built and delivered more than 5,300 homes. The Company has built homes and apartment buildings in suburban communities, where it focuses on low density products. The Company’s apartment buildings are developed as rental properties to be held and operated for its own purposes, converted at some point to for-sale condominium units or sold on a merchant build basis. In March 7, 2012, Cascades II completed the sale of its Potomac Square Apartment project to an affiliate of CAPREIT Acquisition Corporation.

Fc Global Realty Company Profile

FC Global Realty Inc., formerly PhotoMedex, Inc., is a real estate investment company. The Company seeks to invest in a diversified portfolio of commercial and residential real estate properties and other real estate investments located both throughout the United States and in various international locales. Its business segment includes hospitality-oriented development opportunities; and mixed-use urban infill master plan development opportunities in secondary markets. The Company seeks to acquire investments in a variety of real estate projects, including residential developments, commercial properties such as gas station sites, and hotels and resort communities. The Company focuses on global hospitality in its international asset base and focuses hospitality, urban infill and mixed-use projects in its domestic asset base.

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