Maui Land & Pineapple (NYSE:MLP) vs. Kennedy-Wilson (NYSE:KW) Critical Comparison

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Maui Land & Pineapple (NYSE:MLP) and Kennedy-Wilson (NYSE:KW) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

15.6% of Maui Land & Pineapple shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.6% of Kennedy-Wilson shares are held by institutional investors. 65.5% of Maui Land & Pineapple shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of Kennedy-Wilson shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Kennedy-Wilson pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Maui Land & Pineapple does not pay a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Maui Land & Pineapple and Kennedy-Wilson’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maui Land & Pineapple $11.04 million 18.25 $500,000.00 N/A N/A
Kennedy-Wilson $773.50 million 4.25 $150.00 million N/A N/A

Kennedy-Wilson has higher revenue and earnings than Maui Land & Pineapple.

Volatility and Risk

Maui Land & Pineapple has a beta of 0.82, suggesting that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kennedy-Wilson has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Maui Land & Pineapple and Kennedy-Wilson, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maui Land & Pineapple 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kennedy-Wilson 0 0 3 0 3.00

Kennedy-Wilson has a consensus price target of $26.51, suggesting a potential upside of 14.85%. Given Kennedy-Wilson’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Kennedy-Wilson is more favorable than Maui Land & Pineapple.

Profitability

This table compares Maui Land & Pineapple and Kennedy-Wilson’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maui Land & Pineapple 7.17% 2.70% 1.75%
Kennedy-Wilson 15.99% 18.10% 3.36%

Summary

Kennedy-Wilson beats Maui Land & Pineapple on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Maui Land & Pineapple

Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, sells, and manages residential, resort, commercial, agricultural, and industrial real estate properties in the United States. The company operates through Real Estate, Leasing, Utilities, and Resort Amenities segments. The Real Estate segment is involved in the land planning and entitlement, development, and sales activities; and general brokerage real estate business. The Leasing segment leases residential, resort, commercial, agricultural, and industrial land and properties; and licenses its registered trademarks and trade names, as well as provides stewardship and conservation services. The Utilities segment provides potable and non-potable water utility services, and sewage collection and transmission services, as well as owns and operates non-potable wells, irrigation ditches, reservoirs, and transmission systems that serve the Kapalua Resort, the County of Maui, and agricultural users in West and Upcountry Maui. The Resort Amenities segment manages the operations of the Kapalua Club, a private, non-equity club program providing its members special programs, access, and other privileges at certain amenities at the Kapalua Resort. It owns approximately 23,000 acres of land on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. was founded in 1909 and is based in Lahaina, Hawaii.

About Kennedy-Wilson

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. is a global real estate investment company, which engages in the ownership, operation, and investment in real estate through its investment platform. It operates through the following business segments: KW Investments, and KW Investment Management and Real Estate Services (IMRES). The KW Investments segment invests the capital of the company in real estate assets and loans secured by real estate either on its own or with strategic partners through publicly traded companies, joint ventures, separate accounts, and funds. The IMRES segment includes the investment management platform of the company along with its property services, research, brokerage and auction, and conventional sales divisions. The company was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA.

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