Gazit-Globe (NYSE: GZT) and Comstock Holding Companies (NASDAQ:CHCI) are both financials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Gazit-Globe pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Comstock Holding Companies does not pay a dividend. Gazit-Globe pays out 70.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Gazit-Globe and Comstock Holding Companies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gazit-Globe $1.25 billion 1.57 $205.00 million $0.57 17.81
Comstock Holding Companies $41.58 million 0.12 -$8.99 million ($1.58) -0.85

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

Profitability

This table compares Gazit-Globe and Comstock Holding Companies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gazit-Globe -45.72% 4.16% 1.53%
Comstock Holding Companies -14.02% -94.21% -7.85%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.7% of Gazit-Globe shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.8% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are owned by institutional investors. 46.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Gazit-Globe has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Holding Companies has a beta of -0.37, indicating that its stock price is 137% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Gazit-Globe and Comstock Holding Companies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gazit-Globe 0 0 3 0 3.00
Comstock Holding Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Gazit-Globe currently has a consensus price target of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.37%. Given Gazit-Globe’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Gazit-Globe is more favorable than Comstock Holding Companies.

Summary

Gazit-Globe beats Comstock Holding Companies on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Gazit-Globe

Gazit-Globe Ltd. is a real estate company specialized in retail premises. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, development and management of properties. Its segments include Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Estonia and Denmark. It focuses on supermarket-anchored shopping centers in urban growth markets. It operates internationally through its publicly traded and privately held subsidiaries. It operates in more than 20 countries, and owns and manages approximately 430 properties with a gross leasable area of approximately 6.5 million square meters. The Company’s properties include Kista Galleria, Iso Omena, Potrero Center, Yorkville Village, Atrium Promenada, Serramonte Shopping Center, Galeria Dominikanska, Westbury Plaza, Northgate Centre, San Pelegrino Shopping Mall, G Tzameret, Kosice Optima Shopping Center, Coens Galerie, Parkway Mall, Rutherford Marketplace, Atrium Copernicus, Atrium Biala, Molo Shopping Center, Wentorf Shopping Center, Plaza Escuela and Mount Royal Village.

About Comstock Holding Companies

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.

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