FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ: FSV) is one of 24 public companies in the “Real Estate Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare FirstService Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares FirstService Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FirstService Corporation 2.74% 24.16% 5.65%
FirstService Corporation Competitors 5.50% 16.60% 3.67%

Dividends

FirstService Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. FirstService Corporation pays out 39.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Real Estate Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.2% and pay out 39.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. FirstService Corporation lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

FirstService Corporation has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FirstService Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.54, indicating that their average stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares FirstService Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
FirstService Corporation $1.48 billion $33.59 million 55.35
FirstService Corporation Competitors $2.13 billion $74.49 million -1,452.79

FirstService Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than FirstService Corporation. FirstService Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.5% of FirstService Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.5% of shares of all “Real Estate Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.8% of shares of all “Real Estate Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for FirstService Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FirstService Corporation 0 6 0 0 2.00
FirstService Corporation Competitors 87 355 629 16 2.53

FirstService Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $66.50, suggesting a potential downside of 3.10%. As a group, “Real Estate Services” companies have a potential upside of 5.77%. Given FirstService Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe FirstService Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

FirstService Corporation competitors beat FirstService Corporation on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

About FirstService Corporation

Firstservice Corporation is a provider of residential property management and other essential property services to residential and commercial customers. The Company operates through two segments: FirstService Residential and FirstService Brands. FirstService Residential is a property manager and provides ancillary services in the areas of on-site staffing, including building engineering and maintenance, full-service amenity management, security, concierge and front desk personnel, and landscaping; banking and insurance products, and energy conservation and management solutions. FirstService Brands provides essential property services to residential and commercial customers in North America through franchise networks and Company-owned locations. The principal brands in this division include Paul Davis Restoration, California Closets, Certa Pro Painters, Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, Floor Coverings International, College Pro Painters, Century Fire Protection and Service America.

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