Financial Comparison: Howard Hughes (HHC) versus Its Competitors

Howard Hughes (NYSE: HHC) is one of 69 public companies in the “Real Estate Development & Operations” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Howard Hughes to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Howard Hughes and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Howard Hughes 5.83% 3.27% 1.40%
Howard Hughes Competitors 14.24% -0.55% 1.76%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Howard Hughes and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Howard Hughes $1.04 billion $202.30 million 81.72
Howard Hughes Competitors $454.97 million $36.17 million 1,259.21

Howard Hughes has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Howard Hughes is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Howard Hughes has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Howard Hughes’ rivals have a beta of 0.46, indicating that their average stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Howard Hughes and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Howard Hughes 0 1 1 0 2.50
Howard Hughes Competitors 170 390 890 10 2.51

Howard Hughes presently has a consensus target price of $136.50, suggesting a potential upside of 14.41%. As a group, “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies have a potential upside of 20.41%. Given Howard Hughes’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Howard Hughes has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

83.6% of Howard Hughes shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.8% of shares of all “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies are held by institutional investors. 20.7% of Howard Hughes shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 41.1% of shares of all “Real Estate Development & Operations” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Howard Hughes rivals beat Howard Hughes on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Howard Hughes

The Howard Hughes Corporation is a developer of master planned communities and mixed use properties. The Company is engaged in the ownership, management and the redevelopment or repositioning of real estate assets, as well as other real estate opportunities in the form of entitled and unentitled land and other development rights, also called Strategic Developments. It operates through three segments: Master Planned Communities, Operating Assets and Strategic Developments. Its Master Planned Communities segment consists of the development and sale of residential land and the development of commercial land to hold, develop or sell. Its master planned communities include The Woodlands, Summerlin, Maryland, Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills. As of December 31, 2016, its Operating Assets segment included 54 properties, investments and other assets. As of December 31, 2016, the Strategic Developments segment included 23 development projects.

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