Comstock Holding Companies (NASDAQ: CHCI) is one of 66 publicly-traded companies in the “Real Estate Development & Operations” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Comstock Holding Companies to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and its rivals’ 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 -2.26% -0.86% 1.54%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Comstock Holding Companies $41.58 million -$8.99 million -1.18
Comstock Holding Companies Competitors $438.91 million $33.80 million 908.15

Comstock Holding Companies’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Holding Companies. Comstock Holding Companies 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.

Volatility and Risk

Comstock Holding Companies has a beta of -0.38, meaning that its stock price is 138% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Holding Companies’ rivals have a beta of 0.85, meaning that their average stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Comstock Holding Companies and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comstock Holding Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Comstock Holding Companies Competitors 38 226 704 9 2.70

As a group, “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies have a potential upside of 30.25%. Given Comstock Holding Companies’ rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Comstock Holding Companies has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

9.8% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.8% of shares of all “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies are held by institutional investors. 46.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 41.1% of shares of all “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Comstock Holding Companies rivals beat Comstock Holding Companies on 9 of the 10 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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