Griffin Industrial Realty (NASDAQ:GRIF) and Santa Fe Financial (OTCMKTS:SFEF) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Griffin Industrial Realty and Santa Fe Financial, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Griffin Industrial Realty 0 0 0 0 N/A
Santa Fe Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility and Risk

Griffin Industrial Realty has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Santa Fe Financial has a beta of 0.28, suggesting that its stock price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Griffin Industrial Realty and Santa Fe Financial’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Griffin Industrial Realty $43.88 million 4.27 $4.62 million N/A N/A
Santa Fe Financial $57.43 million 0.85 $1.49 million N/A N/A

Griffin Industrial Realty has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Santa Fe Financial.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

46.6% of Griffin Industrial Realty shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.0% of Griffin Industrial Realty shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 85.9% of Santa Fe Financial shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Griffin Industrial Realty pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Santa Fe Financial does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Griffin Industrial Realty -5.85% -1.06% -0.39%
Santa Fe Financial 3.65% -1.16% 1.32%

Summary

Griffin Industrial Realty beats Santa Fe Financial on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Griffin Industrial Realty Company Profile

Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc. develops, manages, and leases industrial and commercial properties in the United States. As of November 30, 2017, the company owned 35 buildings comprising 23 industrial/warehouse buildings, 11 office/flex buildings, and a restaurant building. It also owns approximately 2,791 acres of land in Connecticut, as well as owns approximately 346 acres of land in Massachusetts, 131 acres of land in Pennsylvania, 18 acres in North Carolina, and 1,066 acres in northern Florida. The company was formerly known as Griffin Land & Nurseries, Inc. and changed its name to Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc. in May 2015. Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc. was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in New York City, New York.

Santa Fe Financial Company Profile

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 543 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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