Lennar (NYSE: LEN.B) is one of 79 publicly-traded companies in the “CONSTRUCT/BLDG SERV” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Lennar to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Dividends

Lennar pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Lennar pays out 4.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “CONSTRUCT/BLDG SERV” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.1% and pay out 214.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Lennar has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lennar’s peers have a beta of 1.04, meaning that their average share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.7% of Lennar shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.3% of shares of all “CONSTRUCT/BLDG SERV” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.0% of Lennar shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of shares of all “CONSTRUCT/BLDG SERV” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lennar and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Lennar $12.65 billion $810.48 million 14.02
Lennar Competitors $8.01 billion $301.03 million 26.27

Lennar has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Lennar is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Lennar and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lennar 6.41% 12.00% 5.30%
Lennar Competitors -0.31% 4.71% 3.96%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Lennar and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lennar 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lennar Competitors 410 1973 2385 90 2.44

As a group, “CONSTRUCT/BLDG SERV” companies have a potential downside of 2.63%. Given Lennar’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Lennar has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Lennar beats its peers on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Lennar Company Profile

Lennar Corporation is a provider of real estate related financial services, commercial real estate, investment management and finance company. The Company is a homebuilder that operates in various states. Its segments include Homebuilding East, Homebuilding Central, Homebuilding West, Lennar Financial Services, Rialto and Lennar Multifamily. It is a developer of multifamily rental properties. Its Homebuilding operations include the construction and sale of single-family attached and detached homes, as well as the purchase, development and sale of residential land. It operates primarily under the Lennar brand name. The Lennar Financial Services segment includes mortgage financing, title insurance and closing services for both buyers of its homes and others. The Rialto segment is a real estate, investment management, and finance company. The Lennar Multifamily segment focuses on developing a portfolio of institutional multifamily rental properties in the United States markets.

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