HFF (NYSE: HF) is one of 25 public companies in the “Real Estate Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare HFF to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares HFF and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|HFF Competitors||$1.67 billion||$167.91 million||35.21|
HFF’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than HFF. HFF is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
87.1% of HFF shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.0% of shares of all “Real Estate Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of HFF shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.4% of shares of all “Real Estate Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares HFF and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for HFF and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
HFF presently has a consensus price target of $28.00, indicating a potential downside of 34.87%. As a group, “Real Estate Services” companies have a potential upside of 7.26%. Given HFF’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe HFF has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
Risk & Volatility
HFF has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HFF’s rivals have a beta of 1.57, indicating that their average share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.
HFF rivals beat HFF on 8 of the 12 factors compared.
HFF, Inc. is a holding company. The Company holds the partnership interests in Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. and HFF Securities L.P. (together, the Operating Partnerships), held through the subsidiary HFF Partnership Holdings, LLC, and all of the outstanding shares of Holliday GP Corp. (Holliday GP). The Company operates through the commercial real estate financial intermediary segment. It offers debt placement, investment sales, distressed debt and real estate owned advisory services, equity placement, investment banking and advisory services, loan sales and commercial loan servicing. Its fully-integrated national capital markets platform, coupled with its knowledge of the commercial real estate markets provides an range of capital markets services, including Debt placement; Investment sales; Distressed debt and real estate owned advisory services; Equity placement; Investment banking and advisory services; Loan sales; and Commercial loan servicing.
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