Comparing Forestar Group (FOR) & Henderson Land Development (HLDCY)

Forestar Group (NYSE: FOR) and Henderson Land Development (OTCMKTS:HLDCY) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Forestar Group and Henderson Land Development’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forestar Group $114.32 million 7.61 $50.25 million N/A N/A
Henderson Land Development $3.14 billion 7.46 $3.90 billion $0.57 9.33

Henderson Land Development has higher revenue and earnings than Forestar Group.


This table compares Forestar Group and Henderson Land Development’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forestar Group 25.80% -2.30% -1.80%
Henderson Land Development N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Forestar Group and Henderson Land Development, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forestar Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Henderson Land Development 1 0 0 0 1.00

Insider & Institutional Ownership

23.2% of Forestar Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Henderson Land Development shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Forestar Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Henderson Land Development pays an annual dividend of $0.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. Forestar Group does not pay a dividend. Henderson Land Development pays out 47.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Forestar Group has a beta of 1.8, meaning that its share price is 80% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Henderson Land Development has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Forestar Group beats Henderson Land Development on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Forestar Group

Forestar Group Inc. operates as a real estate development company. The company engages in the acquisition, entitlement, development, and sale of real estate, primarily single-family residential and mixed-use communities. It also sells residential lots to home builders; and commercial properties. As of December 31, 2017, Forestar Group Inc. had 49 entitled, developed, or under development projects in 11 states and 16 markets planned for residential and commercial uses in the United States. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas. Forestar Group Inc. is a subsidiary of D.R. Horton, Inc.

About Henderson Land Development

Henderson Land Development Company Limited, an investment holding company, engages in the property development and investment activities in Hong Kong and Mainland China. It operates through Property Development, Property Leasing, Hotel Operation, Department Store Operation, Utility and Energy, and Others. Its Property Development segment develops and sells real estate properties. Its property portfolio primarily includes offices, shopping arcades, shopping malls, residential properties, and commercial complexes. The company's Property Leasing segment is involved in leasing properties. Its Department Store Operation segment operates and manages department stores. The company's Hotel Operation segment operates and manages hotels. Its Utility and Energy segment produces, distributes, and markets gas; and operates water supply and emerging environmentally-friendly energy businesses. The company's Others segment engages in the construction and infrastructure businesses; provision of finance, investment holding, project management, property management, agency, cleaning, and security guard services; and trading of building materials and disposal of leasehold land. Henderson Land Development Company Limited was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Central, Hong Kong. Henderson Land Development Company Limited is a subsidiary of Henderson Development Limited.

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