Leju (LEJU) & Urban Edge Properties (UE) Financial Survey

Leju (NYSE:LEJU) and Urban Edge Properties (NYSE:UE) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Leju and Urban Edge Properties’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Leju $362.53 million 0.63 -$160.90 million ($1.19) -1.41
Urban Edge Properties $407.04 million 5.75 $67.07 million $1.34 15.32

Urban Edge Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Leju. Leju is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Urban Edge Properties, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Urban Edge Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Leju does not pay a dividend. Urban Edge Properties pays out 65.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Urban Edge Properties has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.7% of Leju shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.2% of Urban Edge Properties shares are held by institutional investors. 4.4% of Urban Edge Properties shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Leju and Urban Edge Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Leju -16.56% -26.66% -15.34%
Urban Edge Properties 19.70% 7.67% 2.77%

Risk & Volatility

Leju has a beta of 3.3, suggesting that its share price is 230% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Urban Edge Properties has a beta of 0.5, suggesting that its share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Leju and Urban Edge Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Leju 0 1 0 0 2.00
Urban Edge Properties 0 1 0 0 2.00

Leju presently has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 138.10%. Given Leju’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Leju is more favorable than Urban Edge Properties.

Summary

Urban Edge Properties beats Leju on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Leju Company Profile

Leju Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides online to offline (O2O) real estate services in the People's Republic of China. The company offers real estate e-commerce, online advertising, and online listing services through its online platform, which comprises Websites covering 377 cities and various mobile applications for the real estate and home furnishing industries. It also operates various real estate and home furnishing Websites of SINA Corporation (SINA); and official accounts on Weixin, a social communication platform and Weibo, a microblog. The company's O2O services for new residential properties include selling discount coupons; and facilitating online property viewing, physical property visits, marketing events, and pre-sale customer support, as well as home furnishing business transactions on its platform. It also sells advertising primarily on the SINA new residential properties and home furnishing Websites; and acts as an advertising agent for the SINA home page and non-real estate Websites with respect to advertising sold to real estate and home furnishing advertisers. In addition, the company offers fee-based online property listing services to real estate agents; and services to individual property sellers. Leju Holdings Limited was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

Urban Edge Properties Company Profile

Urban Edge Properties is a NYSE listed real estate investment trust focused on managing, acquiring, developing, and redeveloping retail real estate in urban communities, primarily in the New York metropolitan region. Urban Edge owns 88 properties totaling 16.3 million square feet of gross leasable area.

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