General Finance (GFN) & Its Rivals Head-To-Head Survey

General Finance (NASDAQ: GFN) is one of 96 publicly-traded companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare General Finance to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

General Finance has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Finance’s competitors have a beta of 1.14, indicating that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

27.6% of General Finance shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.9% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 25.9% of General Finance shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.7% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for General Finance and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
General Finance 0 1 1 0 2.50
General Finance Competitors 640 1892 2600 64 2.40

General Finance currently has a consensus target price of $9.20, indicating a potential upside of 46.03%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential upside of 0.28%. Given General Finance’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe General Finance is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares General Finance and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
General Finance $276.93 million -$2.96 million -30.00
General Finance Competitors $1.24 billion $76.68 million 1,472.74

General Finance’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than General Finance. General Finance is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares General Finance and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
General Finance -0.73% -1.29% -0.31%
General Finance Competitors -18.89% 14.53% 2.25%


General Finance competitors beat General Finance on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About General Finance

General Finance Corporation is a specialty rental services company. The Company offers a range of portable storage units, including its core 20-feet and 40-feet steel containers, office container, mobile office and modular space products and steel tanks. It has two geographic areas that include its four operating segments: the Asia-Pacific area, consisting of the leasing operations of Royal Wolf Holdings Limited and its Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries (Royal Wolf), and North America, consisting of the combined leasing operations of Pac-Van, Inc. and its Canadian subsidiary, PV Acquisition Corp. (Pac-Van) and Lone Star Tank Rental Inc. (Lone Star), and the manufacturing operations of GFN Manufacturing Corporation and its subsidiary, Southern Frac, LLC (Southern Frac). As of June 30, 2016, the Company provided its storage solutions to over 41,000 customers across a range of industries, including commercial, construction, retail, transportation, education and others.

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