SouFun Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Real Estate Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare SouFun Holdings Limited to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

SouFun Holdings Limited has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SouFun Holdings Limited’s competitors have a beta of 1.57, meaning that their average stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares SouFun Holdings Limited and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SouFun Holdings Limited -4.57% -8.80% -2.74%
SouFun Holdings Limited Competitors 4.66% 14.61% 3.20%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SouFun Holdings Limited and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SouFun Holdings Limited $644.69 million $9.32 million -67.50
SouFun Holdings Limited Competitors $1.67 billion $167.91 million 33.99

SouFun Holdings Limited’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than SouFun Holdings Limited. SouFun Holdings Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

46.9% of SouFun Holdings Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.0% of shares of all “Real Estate Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.4% of shares of all “Real Estate Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for SouFun Holdings Limited and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SouFun Holdings Limited 2 3 2 0 2.00
SouFun Holdings Limited Competitors 130 435 680 19 2.47

SouFun Holdings Limited currently has a consensus price target of $3.63, indicating a potential downside of 10.47%. As a group, “Real Estate Services” companies have a potential upside of 5.83%. Given SouFun Holdings Limited’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SouFun Holdings Limited has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

SouFun Holdings Limited competitors beat SouFun Holdings Limited on 12 of the 12 factors compared.

About SouFun Holdings Limited

Fang Holdings Limited, formerly SouFun Holdings Limited, operates as a real estate Internet portal in China. The Company’s Websites and mobile applications support active online communities and networks of users seeking information on, and services for, the real estate and home-related sectors in China. The Company, through its Internet platform, is engaged in the development of transaction and financing platforms by offering direct sales services for new homes, online real estate brokerage services and financial services. The Company’s service offerings include marketing services, E-commerce services, listing services, Financial services and other value-added services. The Company provides secured loans in the form of entrusted loans and mortgage loans and unsecured loans primarily to home buyers, real estate developers and other borrowers that meet its credit assessment requirements.

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