General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: GFN) is one of 97 public companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare General Finance Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, earnings and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

19.1% of General Finance Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.5% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 25.9% of General Finance Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.7% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for General Finance Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
General Finance Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
General Finance Corporation Competitors 639 1902 2643 64 2.41

General Finance Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $9.20, indicating a potential upside of 46.03%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 5.47%. Given General Finance Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe General Finance Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares General Finance Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
General Finance Corporation $276.93 million -$2.96 million -30.00
General Finance Corporation Competitors $1.27 billion $78.71 million 1,515.83

General Finance Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than General Finance Corporation. General Finance Corporation 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.

Profitability

This table compares General Finance Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
General Finance Corporation -0.73% -1.29% -0.31%
General Finance Corporation Competitors -18.44% -178.71% 1.97%

Risk & Volatility

General Finance Corporation has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Finance Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.09, meaning that their average stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

About General Finance Corporation

General Finance Corporation is a specialty rental services company. The Company offers a range of portable storage units, including its core 20-feet and 40-feet steel containers, office container, mobile office and modular space products and steel tanks. It has two geographic areas that include its four operating segments: the Asia-Pacific area, consisting of the leasing operations of Royal Wolf Holdings Limited and its Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries (Royal Wolf), and North America, consisting of the combined leasing operations of Pac-Van, Inc. and its Canadian subsidiary, PV Acquisition Corp. (Pac-Van) and Lone Star Tank Rental Inc. (Lone Star), and the manufacturing operations of GFN Manufacturing Corporation and its subsidiary, Southern Frac, LLC (Southern Frac). As of June 30, 2016, the Company provided its storage solutions to over 41,000 customers across a range of industries, including commercial, construction, retail, transportation, education and others.

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