Comparing Comstock Holding Companies (CHCI) and Its Peers

Comstock Holding Companies (NASDAQ: CHCI) is one of 67 public companies in the “Real Estate Development & Operations” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Comstock Holding Companies to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Comstock Holding Companies $41.58 million -$8.99 million -1.08
Comstock Holding Companies Competitors $438.91 million $33.86 million 1,266.80

Comstock Holding Companies’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Holding Companies. Comstock Holding Companies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Comstock Holding Companies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comstock Holding Companies -14.02% -94.21% -7.85%
Comstock Holding Companies Competitors -4.77% -1.25% 1.32%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

9.8% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.8% of shares of all “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies are held by institutional investors. 46.4% of Comstock Holding Companies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 41.1% of shares of all “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Comstock Holding Companies has a beta of -0.38, suggesting that its stock price is 138% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Holding Companies’ peers have a beta of 0.61, suggesting that their average stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Comstock Holding Companies and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comstock Holding Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Comstock Holding Companies Competitors 161 381 797 9 2.49

As a group, “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies have a potential upside of 14.17%. Given Comstock Holding Companies’ peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Comstock Holding Companies has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Comstock Holding Companies peers beat Comstock Holding Companies on 9 of the 10 factors compared.

About Comstock Holding Companies

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.

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