Analyzing City Developments (CDEVY) and St. Joe (JOE)

City Developments (OTCMKTS: CDEVY) and St. Joe (NYSE:JOE) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

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City Developments pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. St. Joe does not pay a dividend. City Developments pays out 13.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.2% of City Developments shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.0% of St. Joe shares are held by institutional investors. 33.8% of St. Joe shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares City Developments and St. Joe’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
City Developments $2.77 billion 3.18 $390.04 million $0.51 19.01
St. Joe $98.80 million 11.94 $59.57 million ($0.15) -120.33

City Developments has higher revenue and earnings than St. Joe. St. Joe is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than City Developments, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for City Developments and St. Joe, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
City Developments 0 0 0 0 N/A
St. Joe 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares City Developments and St. Joe’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
City Developments 14.95% 4.98% 2.94%
St. Joe 60.38% 2.63% 1.69%

Volatility & Risk

City Developments has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, St. Joe has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

City Developments beats St. Joe on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About City Developments

City Developments Limited (CDL) is a Singapore-listed international real estate operating company with a global presence spanning 97 locations in 26 countries. As one of Singapore's largest companies by market capitalisation, its income-stable and geographically-diversified portfolio comprises residences, offices, hotels, serviced apartments, integrated developments and shopping malls, totalling over 18 million square feet of floor area globally. CDL has hotel assets in one of the world's largest hotel groups ? its London-listed subsidiary, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (M&C), has over 130 hotels globally, many in key gateway cities. Globally, CDL has developed over 40,000 homes and is one of Singapore's largest commercial landlords, with one of the biggest landbanks amongst Singapore private-sector developers. Building on its track record of over 50 years in real estate development, investment and management, CDL has developed growth platforms in five key international markets ? UK, US, China, Japan and Australia.

About St. Joe

The St. Joe Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate development, asset management, and operating company in Florida, the United States. It operates through four segments: Residential Real Estate, Resorts and Leisure, Commercial Leasing and Sales, and Forestry. The Residential Real Estate segment plans and develops residential communities of various sizes. It primarily sells developed home sites and parcels of entitled undeveloped land. The Resorts and Leisure segment owns and operates the WaterColor Inn resort, vacation rentals, restaurants, golf courses, a beach club, two marinas, and other resort amenities; and manages The Pearl Hotel. The Commercial Leasing and Sales segment leases retail, office, and commercial properties, as well as cell towers and other assets. It also plans, develops, entitles, manages, and sells commercial land holdings for retail, office, hotel, multi-family, and industrial uses. The Forestry segment grows and sells pulpwood, saw timber, and other forest products. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 115,000 acres in Northwest Florida. The St. Joe Company was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in WaterSound, Florida.

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