Comstock Holding Companies (NYSE: MHO) and M/I Homes (NYSE:MHO) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Comstock Holding Companies has a beta of -1.19, indicating that its share price is 219% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, M/I Homes has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Comstock Holding Companies and M/I Homes, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comstock Holding Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A
M/I Homes 0 0 2 0 3.00

M/I Homes has a consensus price target of $39.50, indicating a potential upside of 56.37%. Given M/I Homes’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe M/I Homes is more favorable than Comstock Holding Companies.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

7.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.4% of M/I Homes shares are held by institutional investors. 49.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of M/I Homes shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and M/I Homes’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Comstock Holding Companies $45.43 million 0.23 -$5.02 million N/A N/A
M/I Homes $1.96 billion 0.37 $72.08 million $2.88 8.77

M/I Homes has higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Holding Companies.

Profitability

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and M/I Homes’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comstock Holding Companies -13.59% -215.09% -11.08%
M/I Homes 3.91% 12.69% 5.19%

Summary

M/I Homes beats Comstock Holding Companies on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Comstock Holding Companies

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. operates as a real estate development and services company primarily in the mid-Atlantic region, the United States. It operates through three segments: Homebuilding, Multi-Family, and Real Estate Services. The company builds multi-family units, single-family homes, townhouses, and mixed-use developments. It also provides real estate management services, including strategic planning, land development, entitlement, property management, sales and marketing, workout and turnaround strategies, financing, and general construction services; and construction management, environmental assessments and remediation, and general contracting services to other property owners. The company was formerly known as Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc. and changed its name to Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. in June 2012. Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

About M/I Homes

M/I Homes, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a builder of single-family homes in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas, the United States. The company operates through Midwest Homebuilding, Southern Homebuilding, Mid-Atlantic Homebuilding, and Financial Services segments. It designs, constructs, markets, and sells single-family homes and attached townhomes to first-time, move-up, empty-nester, and luxury buyers under the M/I Homes and Showcase Collection brand names. The company also purchases undeveloped land to develop into developed lots for the construction of single-family homes, as well as for sale to others. In addition, it originates and sells mortgages; and serves as a title insurance agent by providing title insurance policies, examination, and closing services to purchasers of its homes. The company was formerly known as M/I Schottenstein Homes, Inc. and changed its name to M/I Homes, Inc. in January 2004. M/I Homes, Inc. was incorporated in 1973 and is based in Columbus, Ohio.

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