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

Volatility and Risk

HFF has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HFF’s rivals have a beta of 1.60, meaning that their average share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for HFF and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HFF 1 2 1 0 2.00
HFF Competitors 123 410 650 18 2.47

HFF currently has a consensus target price of $28.00, suggesting a potential downside of 27.29%. As a group, “Real Estate Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.21%. Given HFF’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe HFF has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.1% of HFF shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.7% of shares of all “Real Estate Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of HFF shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of shares of all “Real Estate Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares HFF and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HFF 15.51% 40.20% 8.06%
HFF Competitors 3.03% 14.05% 2.86%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares HFF and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
HFF $542.82 million N/A 17.50
HFF Competitors $1.67 billion $167.91 million 36.79

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

Summary

HFF rivals beat HFF on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

HFF Company Profile

HFF, Inc. is a holding company. The Company holds the partnership interests in Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. and HFF Securities L.P. (together, the Operating Partnerships), held through the subsidiary HFF Partnership Holdings, LLC, and all of the outstanding shares of Holliday GP Corp. (Holliday GP). The Company operates through the commercial real estate financial intermediary segment. It offers debt placement, investment sales, distressed debt and real estate owned advisory services, equity placement, investment banking and advisory services, loan sales and commercial loan servicing. Its fully-integrated national capital markets platform, coupled with its knowledge of the commercial real estate markets provides an range of capital markets services, including Debt placement; Investment sales; Distressed debt and real estate owned advisory services; Equity placement; Investment banking and advisory services; Loan sales; and Commercial loan servicing.

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