Forest City Enterprises (NASDAQ: FCE-A) and Zillow Group (NASDAQ:ZG) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Forest City Enterprises and Zillow Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forest City Enterprises N/A N/A N/A
Zillow Group -4.47% -0.40% -0.33%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

26.1% of Zillow Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.9% of Zillow Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Forest City Enterprises and Zillow Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forest City Enterprises 0 2 1 0 2.33
Zillow Group 0 7 9 0 2.56

Forest City Enterprises presently has a consensus target price of $26.25, indicating a potential upside of 2.90%. Zillow Group has a consensus target price of $45.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.08%. Given Zillow Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Zillow Group is more favorable than Forest City Enterprises.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Forest City Enterprises and Zillow Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forest City Enterprises $955.86 million 7.12 $450.04 million N/A N/A
Zillow Group $964.83 million 7.72 $35.12 million ($0.24) -167.29

Forest City Enterprises has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Zillow Group.

Summary

Zillow Group beats Forest City Enterprises on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Forest City Enterprises Company Profile

Forest City Realty Trust, Inc is a real estate investment trust. It was formerly known as Forest City Enterprises, Inc. Forest City Realty Trust, Inc was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Zillow Group Company Profile

Zillow Group, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. The company offers a portfolio of brands and products to enable people find information about homes and connect with local professionals. Its brands focus on various stages of the home lifecycle, including renting, buying, selling, and financing. The company’s portfolio of consumer brands comprises real estate and rental marketplaces, such as Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads, and Naked Apartments. It also owns and operates various brands comprising Mortech, dotloop, Bridge Interactive, and Retsly, as well as provides advertising services to real estate agents, and rental and mortgage professionals. The company was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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