CBRE Group (NYSE: CBG) and Colliers International Group (NASDAQ:CIGI) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CBRE Group and Colliers International Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CBRE Group $13.34 billion 0.92 $1.26 billion $2.05 17.73
Colliers International Group $2.01 billion 1.00 $209.86 million $1.66 31.27

CBRE Group has higher revenue and earnings than Colliers International Group. CBRE Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Colliers International Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for CBRE Group and Colliers International Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CBRE Group 0 1 2 0 2.67
Colliers International Group 0 0 6 0 3.00

CBRE Group currently has a consensus price target of $39.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.32%. Colliers International Group has a consensus price target of $68.88, suggesting a potential upside of 32.71%. Given Colliers International Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Colliers International Group is more favorable than CBRE Group.

Profitability

This table compares CBRE Group and Colliers International Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CBRE Group 5.21% 26.40% 8.08%
Colliers International Group 3.23% 49.70% 8.55%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.7% of CBRE Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of Colliers International Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of CBRE Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.3% of Colliers International Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

CBRE Group has a beta of 1.83, suggesting that its stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Colliers International Group has a beta of 1.73, suggesting that its stock price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Colliers International Group pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. CBRE Group does not pay a dividend. Colliers International Group pays out 6.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Colliers International Group beats CBRE Group on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

CBRE Group Company Profile

CBRE Group, Inc. is a holding company that conducts all of its operations through its subsidiaries. The Company operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The Company operates through the segments: The Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management, and Development Services. The Company provides commercial real estate services under the CBRE brand name, investment management services under the CBRE Global Investors brand name and development services under the Trammell Crow Company brand name. The Company’s business is focused on commercial property, corporate facilities, project and transaction management, tenant/occupier and property/agency leasing, capital markets solutions (property sales, commercial mortgage brokerage, loan origination and servicing) real estate investment management, valuation, development services and proprietary research.

Colliers International Group Company Profile

Colliers International Group Inc. is engaged in the provision of commercial real estate services. The Company offers services, including outsourcing and advisory services, lease brokerage and sales brokerage. Its segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific, and Corporate. It is engaged in the transaction brokerage business, which provides services in sales and leasing for commercial clients. The Sales and Lease Brokerage Division executes transactions across a client base, including corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. It provides services for sales, leases and mortgages in various areas, such as landlord representation, tenant representation, and capital markets and investment services. The Outsourcing and Advisory Services Division provides appraisal and valuation services; facility, property and asset management services; project management services, and research for commercial real estate clients.

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