Comstock Holding Companies (CHCI) vs. Lyon William Homes (WLH) Critical Comparison

Comstock Holding Companies (NASDAQ: CHCI) and Lyon William Homes (NYSE:WLH) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and Lyon William Homes’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Comstock Holding Companies $42.68 million 0.15 -$3.18 million ($1.47) -1.27
Lyon William Homes $1.50 billion 0.49 $95.94 million $1.16 19.80

Lyon William Homes has higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Holding Companies. Comstock Holding Companies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lyon William Homes, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

9.9% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are owned by institutional investors. 46.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.3% of Lyon William Homes shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Comstock Holding Companies has a beta of -0.31, meaning that its share price is 131% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lyon William Homes has a beta of 1.75, meaning that its share price is 75% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and Lyon William Homes’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comstock Holding Companies -13.37% -92.61% -7.17%
Lyon William Homes 3.01% 7.72% 2.89%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Comstock Holding Companies and Lyon William Homes, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comstock Holding Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lyon William Homes 0 2 1 0 2.33

Lyon William Homes has a consensus target price of $23.75, indicating a potential upside of 3.40%. Given Lyon William Homes’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Lyon William Homes is more favorable than Comstock Holding Companies.

Summary

Lyon William Homes beats Comstock Holding Companies on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Lyon William Homes Company Profile

William Lyon Homes is primarily engaged in the design, construction and sale of single family detached and attached homes in California, Arizona and Nevada. The Company conducts its homebuilding operations through four reportable operating segments: Southern California, Northern California, Arizona and Nevada. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, 37% of home closings were derived from the Company’s California operations. The Company designs, constructs and sells a range of homes designed to meet the needs of each of its markets, although it primarily focuses sales to the entry-level and first time move-up home buyer markets. During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company marketed its homes through 19 sales locations. In October 2013, the Company purchase 221 homesites at the master-planned Southshore community in Aurora, Colorado.

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