Comstock Holding Companies (NASDAQ: CHCI) and St. Joe Company (The) (NYSE:JOE) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and St. Joe Company (The)’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Comstock Holding Companies $41.58 million 0.14 -$8.99 million ($1.58) -1.08
St. Joe Company (The) $95.70 million 13.13 $15.89 million $0.33 57.43

St. Joe Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Holding Companies. Comstock Holding Companies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than St. Joe Company (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Comstock Holding Companies has a beta of -0.34, indicating that its share price is 134% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, St. Joe Company (The) has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and St. Joe Company (The)’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%
St. Joe Company (The) 24.82% 3.71% 2.39%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

10.0% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by institutional investors. 46.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 33.8% of St. Joe Company (The) shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Comstock Holding Companies and St. Joe Company (The), as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comstock Holding Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A
St. Joe Company (The) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

St. Joe Company (The) beats Comstock Holding Companies on 8 of the 10 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.

St. Joe Company (The) Company Profile

The St. Joe Company is a real estate development, asset management and operating company. The Company operates through five segments: residential real estate; commercial real estate; resorts and leisure; leasing operations, and forestry. Its residential real estate segment plans and develops primary residential and resort residential communities of various sizes on its existing land. Its commercial real estate segment plans, develops, manages and sells real estate. Resorts and leisure segment features a portfolio of vacation rentals and hotel operations, as well as golf courses, a beach club, marinas and other related resort amenities. Its leasing operations business includes its retail and commercial leasing. Its forestry segment focuses on the management of its timber holdings in Northwest Florida.

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