Apartment Investment and Management (NYSE:AIV) and Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE:ALEX) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Apartment Investment and Management has a beta of 0.87, meaning that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alexander & Baldwin has a beta of 1.48, meaning that its share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Apartment Investment and Management and Alexander & Baldwin’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Apartment Investment and Management $914.29 million 5.47 $474.08 million $2.50 13.44
Alexander & Baldwin $435.20 million 1.68 -$36.40 million N/A N/A

Apartment Investment and Management has higher revenue and earnings than Alexander & Baldwin.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.0% of Apartment Investment and Management shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.9% of Alexander & Baldwin shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Apartment Investment and Management shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Alexander & Baldwin shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Apartment Investment and Management pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. Alexander & Baldwin pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.5%. Apartment Investment and Management pays out 65.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Apartment Investment and Management has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years and Alexander & Baldwin has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Apartment Investment and Management and Alexander & Baldwin, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apartment Investment and Management 0 5 2 0 2.29
Alexander & Baldwin 0 1 0 0 2.00

Apartment Investment and Management presently has a consensus target price of $50.33, suggesting a potential upside of 49.76%. Alexander & Baldwin has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 117.61%. Given Alexander & Baldwin’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Alexander & Baldwin is more favorable than Apartment Investment and Management.

Profitability

This table compares Apartment Investment and Management and Alexander & Baldwin’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apartment Investment and Management 22.75% 11.34% 3.10%
Alexander & Baldwin -10.14% 1.00% 0.53%

Summary

Apartment Investment and Management beats Alexander & Baldwin on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Apartment Investment and Management Company Profile

Aimco is a real estate investment trust focused on the ownership and management of quality apartment communities located in select markets in the United States. Aimco is one of the country's largest owners and operators of apartments, with ownership interests in 132 communities in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Aimco common shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol AIV, and are included in the S&P 500.

Alexander & Baldwin Company Profile

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. is Hawai`i's premier commercial real estate company and the state's foremost owner of grocery-anchored retail centers. A&B is a fully integrated real estate investment trust and owns, operates and manages approximately 3.5 million square feet of primarily retail and industrial space in Hawai`i, and is a major landowner in the state. A&B's interests extend beyond commercial real estate into renewable energy and land stewardship. A&B is also a construction materials company and paving contractor in Hawai`i. Over its nearly 150-year history, A&B has evolved with the state's economy and played a lead role in the development of the agricultural, transportation, tourism, construction and real estate industries.

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