St. Joe (NYSE: JOE) and Brookfield Property Partners (NASDAQ:BPY) are both financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.7% of St. Joe shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.7% of Brookfield Property Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 33.8% of St. Joe shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

St. Joe has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brookfield Property Partners has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares St. Joe and Brookfield Property Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
St. Joe 24.82% 3.71% 2.39%
Brookfield Property Partners 43.64% 3.87% 3.17%

Dividends

Brookfield Property Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. St. Joe does not pay a dividend. Brookfield Property Partners pays out 513.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for St. Joe and Brookfield Property Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
St. Joe 0 0 0 0 N/A
Brookfield Property Partners 0 2 2 0 2.50

Brookfield Property Partners has a consensus target price of $25.17, indicating a potential upside of 16.78%. Given Brookfield Property Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Brookfield Property Partners is more favorable than St. Joe.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares St. Joe and Brookfield Property Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
St. Joe $95.70 million 12.82 $15.89 million $0.33 56.06
Brookfield Property Partners $5.19 billion 1.06 $660.00 million $0.23 93.70

Brookfield Property Partners has higher revenue and earnings than St. Joe. St. Joe is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brookfield Property Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Brookfield Property Partners beats St. Joe on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About St. Joe

The St. Joe Company is a real estate development, asset management and operating company. The Company operates through five segments: residential real estate; commercial real estate; resorts and leisure; leasing operations, and forestry. Its residential real estate segment plans and develops primary residential and resort residential communities of various sizes on its existing land. Its commercial real estate segment plans, develops, manages and sells real estate. Resorts and leisure segment features a portfolio of vacation rentals and hotel operations, as well as golf courses, a beach club, marinas and other related resort amenities. Its leasing operations business includes its retail and commercial leasing. Its forestry segment focuses on the management of its timber holdings in Northwest Florida.

About Brookfield Property Partners

Brookfield Property Partners L.P. is a diversified global real estate company. The Company owns, operates and develops a portfolio of office, retail, multifamily, industrial, hospitality, triple net lease, self-storage and student housing assets. Its partnership is Brookfield Asset Management Inc.’s public commercial property entity and the primary vehicle through which it invests in real estate on a global basis. It operates through four segments: Core Office, Core Retail, Opportunistic and Corporate. As of December 31, 2016, its Core Office segment consisted of interests in 142 office properties totaling 99 million square feet. As of December 31, 2016, its Core Retail segment consisted of interests in 127 regional malls and urban retail properties. As of December 31, 2016, its Opportunistic segment consisted of 107 office properties comprising approximately 29 million square feet of office space in the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil and Asia.

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