Head-To-Head Survey: Leju Holdings Limited (NYSE:LEJU) & Kennedy-Wilson Holdings (KW)

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings (NYSE: KW) and Leju Holdings Limited (NYSE:LEJU) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Leju Holdings Limited has a beta of 3, meaning that its share price is 200% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

81.6% of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.6% of Leju Holdings Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.1% of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Leju Holdings Limited does not pay a dividend. Kennedy-Wilson Holdings pays out 377.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Leju Holdings Limited has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Kennedy-Wilson Holdings and Leju Holdings Limited, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kennedy-Wilson Holdings 0 2 3 0 2.60
Leju Holdings Limited 1 0 0 0 1.00

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $29.67, indicating a potential upside of 57.80%. Leju Holdings Limited has a consensus price target of $2.10, indicating a potential upside of 22.09%. Given Kennedy-Wilson Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Kennedy-Wilson Holdings is more favorable than Leju Holdings Limited.

Profitability

This table compares Kennedy-Wilson Holdings and Leju Holdings Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kennedy-Wilson Holdings 3.13% 2.28% 0.69%
Leju Holdings Limited -5.24% -5.42% -3.82%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kennedy-Wilson Holdings and Leju Holdings Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kennedy-Wilson Holdings $725.90 million 2.96 $234.50 million $0.18 104.45
Leju Holdings Limited $514.83 million 0.45 -$36.21 million ($0.20) -8.60

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

Summary

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings beats Leju Holdings Limited on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Company Profile

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. is a real estate investment company. The Company owns, operates, and invests in real estate both on its own and through its investment management platform. The Company focuses on multifamily and commercial properties located in the Western United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Japan. The Company’s segments include KW Investments, and KW Investment Management and Real Estate Services (IMRES). KW Investments invests in multifamily, residential and commercial properties, as well as loans secured by real estate. IMRES provides real estate-related services to investors and lenders, with a focus on financial institution-based clients. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had an ownership interest in approximately 39 million square feet of property globally, including 25,943 multifamily rental units.

Leju Holdings Limited Company Profile

Leju Holdings Limited is an online to offline (O2O), real estate services provider in China. The Company offers real estate e-commerce, online advertising and online listing services through its online platform, which consists of local Websites covering over 260 cities and various mobile applications. The Company integrates its online platform with offline services to facilitate residential property transactions. In addition to its own Websites, the Company operates various real estate and home furnishing Websites of SINA Corporation (SINA). Its 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. It sells advertising primarily on the SINA new residential properties and home furnishing Websites, which are operated by the Company.

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