Contrasting Kennedy-Wilson Holdings (KW) and Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS)

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings (NYSE: KW) and Altisource Portfolio Solutions (NASDAQ:ASPS) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Altisource Portfolio Solutions does not pay a dividend. Kennedy-Wilson Holdings pays out 523.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Kennedy-Wilson Holdings has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kennedy-Wilson Holdings and Altisource Portfolio Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kennedy-Wilson Holdings $703.40 million 4.09 $5.59 million $0.13 146.17
Altisource Portfolio Solutions $942.60 million 0.48 $28.69 million $0.12 212.08

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Kennedy-Wilson Holdings and Altisource Portfolio Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kennedy-Wilson Holdings 0 2 2 0 2.50
Altisource Portfolio Solutions 0 2 0 0 2.00

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $28.33, indicating a potential upside of 49.12%. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a consensus price target of $20.50, indicating a potential downside of 19.45%. Given Kennedy-Wilson Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Kennedy-Wilson Holdings is more favorable than Altisource Portfolio Solutions.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.1% of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.6% of Altisource Portfolio Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 17.1% of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of Altisource Portfolio Solutions 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 Kennedy-Wilson Holdings and Altisource Portfolio Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kennedy-Wilson Holdings 1.94% 2.04% 0.60%
Altisource Portfolio Solutions 0.23% 81.23% 8.44%

Risk and Volatility

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings beats Altisource Portfolio Solutions on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kennedy-Wilson Holdings

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. is a real estate investment company. The Company owns, operates, and invests in real estate both on its own and through its investment management platform. The Company focuses on multifamily and commercial properties located in the Western United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Japan. The Company’s segments include KW Investments, and KW Investment Management and Real Estate Services (IMRES). KW Investments invests in multifamily, residential and commercial properties, as well as loans secured by real estate. IMRES provides real estate-related services to investors and lenders, with a focus on financial institution-based clients. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had an ownership interest in approximately 39 million square feet of property globally, including 25,943 multifamily rental units.

About Altisource Portfolio Solutions

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. is a marketplace and transaction solutions provider for the real estate, mortgage and consumer debt industries. The Company’s business processes, vendor and electronic payment management software and behavioral science-based analytics manage outcomes for marketplace participants. It operates through three segments: Mortgage Services, Financial Services and Technology Services. The Mortgage Services segment provides loan servicers, originators, rental property investors and real estate consumers with products, services and technologies. The Financial Services segment provides collection services to debt originators and servicers and customer relationship management services. The Technology Services segment provides software and data analytics solutions that support management of mortgage and real estate activities and marketplace transactions across mortgage and real estate lifecycles and information technology infrastructure management services.

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