Transcontinental Realty Investors (NYSE: TCI) and Comstock Holding Companies (NASDAQ:CHCI) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Transcontinental Realty Investors and Comstock Holding Companies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Transcontinental Realty Investors -13.64% -7.61% -1.38%
Comstock Holding Companies -13.37% -92.61% -7.17%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

2.1% of Transcontinental Realty Investors shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.9% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are owned by institutional investors. 81.0% of Transcontinental Realty Investors shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 46.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are owned by company 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.

Risk and Volatility

Transcontinental Realty Investors has a beta of -0.39, meaning that its stock price is 139% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Holding Companies has a beta of -0.34, meaning that its stock price is 134% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Transcontinental Realty Investors and Comstock Holding Companies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Transcontinental Realty Investors $118.47 million 2.11 $30,000.00 ($2.01) -14.23
Comstock Holding Companies $41.58 million 0.14 -$8.99 million ($1.47) -1.16

Transcontinental Realty Investors has higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Holding Companies. Transcontinental Realty Investors is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Comstock Holding Companies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Transcontinental Realty Investors and Comstock Holding Companies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Transcontinental Realty Investors 0 2 0 0 2.00
Comstock Holding Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Transcontinental Realty Investors currently has a consensus target price of $20.00, indicating a potential downside of 30.09%. Given Transcontinental Realty Investors’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Transcontinental Realty Investors is more favorable than Comstock Holding Companies.

Summary

Transcontinental Realty Investors beats Comstock Holding Companies on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Transcontinental Realty Investors

Transcontinental Realty Investors, Inc. is an externally advised and managed real estate investment company that owns a portfolio of income-producing properties and land held for development. The Company’s segments are Commercial Properties, Apartments, Land and Other. Its portfolio of income-producing properties includes residential apartment communities, office buildings and other commercial properties. It acquires land mainly in in-fill locations or suburban markets. The Company’s income-producing properties consist of approximately eight commercial properties, including five office buildings, two retail properties and an industrial warehouse, comprising in aggregate approximately 1.9 million square feet; a golf course comprising approximately 96.09 acres, and approximately 50 residential apartment communities comprising over 7,980 units, excluding apartments being developed. In addition, it owns approximately 3,660 acres of land held for development.

About Comstock Holding Companies

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (Comstock ), formerly Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc. is a diversified real estate development and services company focused on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Company builds a range of products including apartments, single-family homes, townhouses, mid-rise condominiums, high-rise multi-family condominiums and mixed-use (residential and commercial) developments. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had built and delivered more than 5,300 homes. The Company has built homes and apartment buildings in suburban communities, where it focuses on low density products. The Company’s apartment buildings are developed as rental properties to be held and operated for its own purposes, converted at some point to for-sale condominium units or sold on a merchant build basis. In March 7, 2012, Cascades II completed the sale of its Potomac Square Apartment project to an affiliate of CAPREIT Acquisition Corporation.

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