AGEAS/S (OTCMKTS:AGESY) and Sun Hung Kai Properties (OTCMKTS:SUHJY) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

AGEAS/S has a beta of 0.77, indicating that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sun Hung Kai Properties has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.3% of AGEAS/S shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Sun Hung Kai Properties shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AGEAS/S and Sun Hung Kai Properties’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AGEAS/S $13.97 billion 0.76 $955.55 million $4.85 11.05
Sun Hung Kai Properties $10.95 billion 3.77 $6.41 billion $1.34 10.63

Sun Hung Kai Properties has lower revenue, but higher earnings than AGEAS/S. Sun Hung Kai Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AGEAS/S, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for AGEAS/S and Sun Hung Kai Properties, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AGEAS/S 0 0 1 0 3.00
Sun Hung Kai Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares AGEAS/S and Sun Hung Kai Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AGEAS/S 6.16% 6.91% 0.78%
Sun Hung Kai Properties N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

AGEAS/S pays an annual dividend of $1.71 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Sun Hung Kai Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. AGEAS/S pays out 35.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Sun Hung Kai Properties pays out 20.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Summary

AGEAS/S beats Sun Hung Kai Properties on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

AGEAS/S Company Profile

ageas SA/NV, together with its subsidiaries, engages in insurance business in Europe and Asia. It operates through Belgium, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Asia, and Reinsurance segments. The company primarily offers property, casualty, and life insurance products, as well as pension products; and reinsurance products. Its life insurance products include risks related to the life and death of individuals; and non-life insurance products comprise accident and health, motor, fire, and other insurance products, as well as other damages to property covering the risk of property losses or claims liabilities. The company serves private individuals, as well as small, medium-sized, and large companies through independent brokers and the bank channels. ageas SA/NV was founded in 1824 and is based in Brussels, Belgium.

Sun Hung Kai Properties Company Profile

Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited develops, sells, and rents real estate properties in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Singapore. The company primarily develops and sells properties, including residential estates, industrial buildings, offices, and shopping centers. As of June 30, 2018, its land bank comprised 64.5 million square feet of gross floor area, primarily consists of 50.7 million square feet of properties under development and rest properties for rental purpose. The company also operates a portfolio of hotels. In addition, it provides property management services, from security, daily cleaning, facility management and landscaping to various value-added services; construction-related services, including electrical and fire prevention systems, construction plant and machinery, and landscaping; and insurance products to individuals and businesses comprising contractors all risks, employees compensation, third party liability, property all risks, commercial, medical, householders comprehensive, fire, employees compensation, travel, personal accident, and motor vehicles. Further, the company offers voice, multimedia, and broadband services; and data infrastructure and data-centric services, broadband connectivity, communal aerial broadcast distribution/satellite master antenna television, and surveillance systems. Additionally, it manages car parks and offers transport facilities for private and the public sectors; operates expressway; provides public bus transportation services; operates department stores and shopping malls; and offers mortgage and other loan financing facilities. The company was formerly known as Sun Hung Kai (Holdings) Limited and changed its name to Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited in March 1973. The company was incorporated in 1972 and is based in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

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