Santa Fe Financial (OTCMKTS:SFEF) vs. FirstService (OTCMKTS:FSV) Head to Head Contrast

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FirstService (NASDAQ:FSV) and Santa Fe Financial (OTCMKTS:SFEF) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.8% of FirstService shares are held by institutional investors. 85.9% of Santa Fe Financial shares are held by company 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.

Volatility and Risk

FirstService has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Santa Fe Financial has a beta of 0.13, suggesting that its stock price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for FirstService and Santa Fe Financial, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FirstService 0 4 0 0 2.00
Santa Fe Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A

FirstService currently has a consensus target price of $101.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.35%. Given FirstService’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe FirstService is more favorable than Santa Fe Financial.

Profitability

This table compares FirstService and Santa Fe Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FirstService 3.12% 23.44% 6.10%
Santa Fe Financial 8.19% -0.65% 0.68%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FirstService and Santa Fe Financial’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FirstService $1.93 billion 1.81 $65.86 million $1.80 53.77
Santa Fe Financial $57.43 million 0.79 $1.49 million N/A N/A

FirstService has higher revenue and earnings than Santa Fe Financial.

Dividends

FirstService pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Santa Fe Financial does not pay a dividend. FirstService pays out 33.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. FirstService has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

FirstService beats Santa Fe Financial on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FirstService

FirstService Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides residential property services to residential and commercial customers in the United States and Canada. The company operates through two segments, FirstService Residential and FirstService Brands. The FirstService Residential segment provides property management services for private residential communities, such as condominiums, co-operatives, homeowner associations, master-planned communities, active adult and lifestyle communities, and various other residential developments. This segment also offers a range of ancillary services, including on-site staffing for building engineering and maintenance, full-service amenity management, security and concierge/front desk, and landscaping; and financial services comprising cash management, other banking transaction-related services, and specialized property insurance brokerage. In addition, this segment provides energy management solutions and advisory services, and resale processing services. The FirstService Brands segment offers property services through 6 franchise networks; and company-owned locations, including 18 California Closets locations and 9 Paul Davis Restoration locations. It offers residential and commercial restoration, painting, and floor coverings design and installation services; custom-designed and installed closet, and home storage solutions; home inspection services; exterior residential painting and window cleaning services; fire protection services; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services, as well as related services. This segment provides its services primarily under the Paul Davis Restoration, CertaPro Painters, California Closets, Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, Floor Coverings International, College Pro Painters, and Century Fire Protection brand names. FirstService Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

About Santa Fe Financial

Santa Fe Financial Corporation owns and operates a hotel property in San Francisco, California. The company operates through three segments: Hotel Operations, Real Estate Operations, and Investment Transactions. Its hotel property consists of 544 guest rooms and luxury suites, and related facilities, including a five level underground parking garage. The company also owns and operates a 27-unit and a 2-unit multi-family apartment complex located in Los Angeles, California, as well as owns land for development located in Maui, Hawaii; and invests in marketable securities, such as corporate equities and bonds, and income producing securities. The company was formerly known as Tri Financial Corporation and changed its name to Santa Fe Financial Corporation in September 1970. The company was founded in 1967 and is based in Los Angeles, California. Santa Fe Financial Corporation is a subsidiary of The InterGroup Corporation.

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