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

Risk & Volatility

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

Dividends

Gazit-Globe pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Comstock Holding Companies does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

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

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

Analyst Ratings

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

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

Gazit-Globe has a consensus target price of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.42%. Given Gazit-Globe’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Gazit-Globe is more favorable than Comstock Holding Companies.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Comstock Holding Companies $41.58 million 0.13 -$8.99 million ($1.58) -0.99
Gazit-Globe $1.25 billion 1.59 $205.00 million N/A N/A

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

10.1% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.7% of Gazit-Globe shares are held by institutional investors. 46.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held 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.

Summary

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

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.

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.

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