Head to Head Comparison: Leju (LEJU) and Griffin Industrial Realty (GRIF)

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Leju (NYSE:LEJU) and Griffin Industrial Realty (NASDAQ:GRIF) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Risk and Volatility

Leju has a beta of 3.3, suggesting that its stock price is 230% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Griffin Industrial Realty has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.7% of Leju shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.7% of Griffin Industrial Realty shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.0% of Griffin Industrial Realty shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Leju and Griffin Industrial Realty, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Leju 0 1 0 0 2.00
Griffin Industrial Realty 0 0 0 0 N/A

Leju presently has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 177.78%. Given Leju’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Leju is more favorable than Griffin Industrial Realty.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Leju and Griffin Industrial Realty’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Leju $362.53 million 0.54 -$160.90 million ($1.19) -1.21
Griffin Industrial Realty $43.88 million 4.36 $4.62 million N/A N/A

Griffin Industrial Realty has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Leju.

Dividends

Griffin Industrial Realty pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Leju does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Leju and Griffin Industrial Realty’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Leju -16.56% -26.66% -15.34%
Griffin Industrial Realty -1.53% 0.48% 0.18%

Summary

Griffin Industrial Realty beats Leju on 9 of the 12 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.

Griffin Industrial Realty Company Profile

Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc. develops, manages, and leases industrial and commercial properties in the United States. As of November 30, 2017, the company owned 35 buildings comprising 23 industrial/warehouse buildings, 11 office/flex buildings, and a restaurant building. It also owns approximately 2,791 acres of land in Connecticut, as well as owns approximately 346 acres of land in Massachusetts, 131 acres of land in Pennsylvania, 18 acres in North Carolina, and 1,066 acres in northern Florida. The company was formerly known as Griffin Land & Nurseries, Inc. and changed its name to Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc. in May 2015. Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc. was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in New York City, New York.

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