Comstock Holding Companies (NASDAQ: CHCI) is one of 64 publicly-traded companies in the “Real Estate Development & Operations” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Comstock Holding Companies to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comstock Holding Companies -14.02% -94.21% -7.85%
Comstock Holding Companies Competitors -10.57% -4.45% 0.19%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

9.8% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 34.3% of shares of all “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies are held by institutional investors. 46.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 38.4% of shares of all “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Comstock Holding Companies and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comstock Holding Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Comstock Holding Companies Competitors 152 329 740 8 2.49

As a group, “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies have a potential upside of 34.88%. Given Comstock Holding Companies’ peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Comstock Holding Companies has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Comstock Holding Companies has a beta of -0.37, meaning that its stock price is 137% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Holding Companies’ peers have a beta of 0.57, meaning that their average stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Comstock Holding Companies $41.58 million -$8.99 million -0.99
Comstock Holding Companies Competitors $435.87 million $32.00 million 678.17

Comstock Holding Companies’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Holding Companies. Comstock Holding Companies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Comstock Holding Companies peers beat Comstock Holding Companies on 8 of the 9 factors compared.

Comstock Holding Companies Company Profile

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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