Comparing Front Yard Residential (RESI) & Leju (LEJU)

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Front Yard Residential (NYSE:RESI) and Leju (NYSE:LEJU) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and earnings.

Dividends

Front Yard Residential pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.0%. Leju does not pay a dividend. Front Yard Residential has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Front Yard Residential has a beta of 1.64, suggesting that its stock price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Leju has a beta of 3.3, suggesting that its stock price is 230% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Front Yard Residential and Leju, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Front Yard Residential 0 0 2 0 3.00
Leju 0 1 0 0 2.00

Front Yard Residential presently has a consensus price target of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 49.70%. Leju has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 140.96%. Given Leju’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Leju is more favorable than Front Yard Residential.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Front Yard Residential and Leju’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Front Yard Residential $94.17 million 5.70 -$185.45 million N/A N/A
Leju $362.53 million 0.62 -$160.90 million ($1.19) -1.39

Leju has higher revenue and earnings than Front Yard Residential.

Profitability

This table compares Front Yard Residential and Leju’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Front Yard Residential -97.71% -20.47% -6.76%
Leju -16.56% -26.66% -15.34%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.6% of Front Yard Residential shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.7% of Leju shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Front Yard Residential shares are owned by insiders. 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.

Summary

Front Yard Residential beats Leju on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Front Yard Residential

Front Yard is an industry leader in providing quality, affordable rental homes to America's families. Our homes offer exceptional value in a variety of suburban communities which have easy accessibility to metropolitan areas. Front Yard's tenants enjoy the space and comfort that is unique to single-family housing, at reasonable prices. Our mission is to provide our tenants with houses they are proud to call home.

About Leju

Leju Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides online to offline (O2O) real estate services in the People's Republic of China. The company offers real estate e-commerce, online advertising, and online listing services through its online platform, which comprises Websites covering 377 cities and various mobile applications for the real estate and home furnishing industries. It also operates various real estate and home furnishing Websites of SINA Corporation (SINA); and official accounts on Weixin, a social communication platform and Weibo, a microblog. The company's O2O services for new residential properties include selling discount coupons; and facilitating online property viewing, physical property visits, marketing events, and pre-sale customer support, as well as home furnishing business transactions on its platform. It also sells advertising primarily on the SINA new residential properties and home furnishing Websites; and acts as an advertising agent for the SINA home page and non-real estate Websites with respect to advertising sold to real estate and home furnishing advertisers. In addition, the company offers fee-based online property listing services to real estate agents; and services to individual property sellers. Leju Holdings Limited was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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