Gazit-Globe (NYSE: GZT) and Comstock Holding Companies (NASDAQ:CHCI) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Gazit-Globe and Comstock Holding Companies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gazit-Globe 0 0 3 0 3.00
Comstock Holding Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Gazit-Globe currently has a consensus target price of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.00%. Given Gazit-Globe’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Gazit-Globe is more favorable than Comstock Holding Companies.

Dividends

Gazit-Globe pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Comstock Holding Companies does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Gazit-Globe and Comstock Holding Companies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gazit-Globe -45.72% 4.16% 1.53%
Comstock Holding Companies -14.02% -94.21% -7.85%

Volatility & Risk

Gazit-Globe has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Holding Companies has a beta of -0.34, meaning that its share price is 134% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gazit-Globe and Comstock Holding Companies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gazit-Globe $1.25 billion 1.55 $205.00 million N/A N/A
Comstock Holding Companies $41.58 million 0.14 -$8.99 million ($1.58) -1.06

Gazit-Globe has higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Holding Companies.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

8.2% of Gazit-Globe shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.0% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by institutional investors. 46.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Gazit-Globe beats Comstock Holding Companies on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gazit-Globe Company Profile

Gazit-Globe Ltd. is a real estate company specialized in retail premises. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, development and management of properties. Its segments include Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Estonia and Denmark. It focuses on supermarket-anchored shopping centers in urban growth markets. It operates internationally through its publicly traded and privately held subsidiaries. It operates in more than 20 countries, and owns and manages approximately 430 properties with a gross leasable area of approximately 6.5 million square meters. The Company’s properties include Kista Galleria, Iso Omena, Potrero Center, Yorkville Village, Atrium Promenada, Serramonte Shopping Center, Galeria Dominikanska, Westbury Plaza, Northgate Centre, San Pelegrino Shopping Mall, G Tzameret, Kosice Optima Shopping Center, Coens Galerie, Parkway Mall, Rutherford Marketplace, Atrium Copernicus, Atrium Biala, Molo Shopping Center, Wentorf Shopping Center, Plaza Escuela and Mount Royal Village.

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.

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