Analyzing Gazit Globe (OTCMKTS:GZTGF) & FirstService (OTCMKTS:FSV)

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Gazit Globe (OTCMKTS:GZTGF) and FirstService (NASDAQ:FSV) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Dividends

FirstService pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Gazit Globe 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

6.7% of Gazit Globe shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.8% of FirstService shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Gazit Globe and FirstService’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gazit Globe 10.46% 2.82% 0.98%
FirstService 3.12% 23.44% 6.10%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Gazit Globe and FirstService, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gazit Globe 0 0 0 0 N/A
FirstService 0 4 0 0 2.00

FirstService has a consensus target price of $101.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.10%. Given FirstService’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe FirstService is more favorable than Gazit Globe.

Volatility and Risk

Gazit Globe has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FirstService has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Gazit Globe and FirstService’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gazit Globe $789.80 million 2.02 -$70.36 million N/A N/A
FirstService $1.93 billion 1.80 $65.86 million $1.80 53.39

FirstService has higher revenue and earnings than Gazit Globe.

Summary

FirstService beats Gazit Globe on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gazit Globe Company Profile

Gazit Globe Ltd, through its subsidiaries, owns, develops, and operates supermarket-anchored shopping centers and retail-based mixed-use properties in North America, Brazil, Israel, and Europe. As of December 31, 2018, the company owned and operated 165 properties with a gross leasable area of approximately 2.2 million square meters. Gazit Globe Ltd was incorporated in 1982 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.

FirstService Company Profile

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.

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