AmBase (OTCMKTS:ABCP) and J.W. Mays (NASDAQ:MAYS) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.0% of J.W. Mays shares are held by institutional investors. 41.4% of AmBase shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 32.8% of J.W. Mays shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares AmBase and J.W. Mays’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AmBase N/A -8.32% -7.08%
J.W. Mays 15.44% 1.17% 0.94%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for AmBase and J.W. Mays, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AmBase 0 0 0 0 N/A
J.W. Mays 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk & Volatility

AmBase has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, J.W. Mays has a beta of -0.28, meaning that its stock price is 128% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AmBase and J.W. Mays’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AmBase N/A N/A -$48.05 million N/A N/A
J.W. Mays $19.30 million 4.10 $2.97 million N/A N/A

J.W. Mays has higher revenue and earnings than AmBase.

Summary

J.W. Mays beats AmBase on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AmBase

AmBase Corporation does not have significant operations. Previously, it invested in a real estate development property in New York, New York; and owned, operated, and managed a commercial office building. AmBase Corporation was incorporated in 1975 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

About J.W. Mays

J.W. Mays, Inc. owns, operates, and leases commercial real estate properties in the United States. Its properties are located in Brooklyn, Jamaica, Fishkill, Levittown, and Massapequa of New York, as well as Circleville of Ohio. The company was founded in 1924 and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

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