Altisource Portfolio (NASDAQ: ASPS) and Johnson Controls International (NYSE:JCI) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

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Altisource Portfolio has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Johnson Controls International has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.8% of Altisource Portfolio shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.1% of Johnson Controls International shares are held by institutional investors. 7.8% of Altisource Portfolio shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Johnson Controls International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Altisource Portfolio and Johnson Controls International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Altisource Portfolio 33.47% 39.07% 7.77%
Johnson Controls International 5.92% 11.73% 4.86%

Dividends

Johnson Controls International pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Altisource Portfolio does not pay a dividend. Johnson Controls International pays out 40.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Altisource Portfolio and Johnson Controls International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Altisource Portfolio 0 2 0 0 2.00
Johnson Controls International 2 8 6 0 2.25

Altisource Portfolio presently has a consensus price target of $20.50, indicating a potential downside of 20.91%. Johnson Controls International has a consensus price target of $45.36, indicating a potential upside of 31.18%. Given Johnson Controls International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Johnson Controls International is more favorable than Altisource Portfolio.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Altisource Portfolio and Johnson Controls International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Altisource Portfolio $899.56 million 0.50 $308.89 million $2.80 9.26
Johnson Controls International $30.17 billion 1.06 $1.61 billion $2.60 13.30

Johnson Controls International has higher revenue and earnings than Altisource Portfolio. Altisource Portfolio is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Johnson Controls International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Johnson Controls International beats Altisource Portfolio on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Altisource Portfolio

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. operates as an integrated service provider and marketplace for the real estate and mortgage industries in the United States. It operates in two segments, Mortgage Market and Real Estate Market. The company offers property preservation and inspection, real estate brokerage and auction, title insurance and settlement, appraisal management, broker and non-broker valuation, foreclosure trustee, residential and commercial loan servicing technology, vendor management, marketplace transaction and payment management technology, document management platform, default services technology, and mortgage charge-off collection services. It also provides residential and commercial loan disbursement processing, risk mitigation, and construction inspection services; and fulfillment, loan origination system, certified loan insurance and certification, vendor management oversight platform, mortgage banker cooperative management, and mortgage trading platform solutions. In addition, the company offers mortgage brokerage and homeowners insurance solutions; and data, buy-renovate-lease-sell, renovation, property management, and appraisal management solutions, as well as real estate brokerage services under the Owners.com name. Further, it provides post-charge-off consumer debt collection services, customer relationship management services, and information technology infrastructure management services. The company serves financial institutions, government-sponsored enterprises, utility companies, commercial banks, servicers, investors, non-bank originators, correspondent lenders, mortgage bankers, insurance companies, and financial services companies. Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

About Johnson Controls International

Johnson Controls International plc operates as a diversified technology and multi industrial company worldwide. The company operates through Building Technologies & Solutions and Power Solutions segments. It designs, sells, controls, installs heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. The company also provides residential air conditioning and heating systems, and industrial refrigeration products, as well as technical and energy management consulting services. In addition, it designs, sells, installs, services, and monitors electronic security systems, and fire detection and suppression systems; and manufactures and sells intrusion security products, anti-theft devices, breathing apparatus, and access control and video management systems for commercial, industrial, retail, residential, small business, institutional, and governmental customers. Further, the company produces and supplies lead-acid automotive batteries for passenger cars, light trucks, and utility vehicles, as well as advanced battery technologies to power start-stop, hybrid, and electric vehicles. It offers its lead-acid automotive batteries to automotive original equipment manufacturers and the general vehicle battery aftermarket. The company was formerly known as Johnson Controls, Inc. and changed its name to Johnson Controls International plc in September 2016. Johnson Controls International plc was founded in 1885 and is headquartered in Cork, Ireland.

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