istar (NYSE: STAR) and Colony NorthStar (NYSE:CLNS) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends and risk.
Risk and Volatility
istar has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Colony NorthStar has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares istar and Colony NorthStar’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|istar||$477.03 million||1.49||$95.30 million||$0.91||11.45|
|Colony NorthStar||$398.54 million||11.51||$42.28 million||N/A||N/A|
istar has higher revenue and earnings than Colony NorthStar.
This table compares istar and Colony NorthStar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Colony NorthStar pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.9%. istar does not pay a dividend.
This is a summary of current ratings for istar and Colony NorthStar, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
istar currently has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 34.36%. Colony NorthStar has a consensus price target of $15.35, suggesting a potential upside of 82.74%. Given Colony NorthStar’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Colony NorthStar is more favorable than istar.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
86.8% of istar shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.6% of Colony NorthStar shares are held by institutional investors. 4.4% of istar shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.0% of Colony NorthStar shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Colony NorthStar beats istar on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
istar Company Profile
iStar Inc. finances, invests in and develops real estate and real estate related projects as part of its integrated investment platform. The Company’s four business segments are Real Estate Finance, Net Lease, Operating Properties, and Land and Development. The Real Estate Finance portfolio consists of senior and mezzanine real estate loans that may be either fixed-rate or variable-rate. The Net Lease portfolio consists of properties owned by the Company and leased to single tenants, where the properties are subject to long-term leases. The Operating Properties portfolio consists of commercial and residential properties, which represent a pool of assets across a range of geographies and property types. The Land and Development portfolio consists of land entitled for master planned communities, as well as waterfront and urban infill land parcels located throughout the United States. Its Land and Development projects include Great Oaks, Sage Scottsdale, Naples Reserve and Coney Island.
Colony NorthStar Company Profile
Colony NorthStar, Inc. is a diversified equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company combines a portfolio of real assets across the world, which are managed with a global real estate investment manager. The Company has property holdings in the healthcare, industrial and hospitality sectors, opportunistic equity and debt investments, and an embedded institutional and retail investment management business. In addition, the Company owns NorthStar Securities, LLC, a captive broker-dealer platform which raises capital in the retail market. The Company acquires, develops and operates industrial properties in metropolitan markets throughout the United States with a focus on light industrial buildings. The Company provides investment management services and offers investment products while serving as a fiduciary to a set of institutional and individual investors.
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