General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: GFN) is one of 98 publicly-traded companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare General Finance Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings, valuation and profitability.
Volatility & Risk
General Finance Corporation has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Finance Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.14, meaning that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares General Finance Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|General Finance Corporation||-0.73%||-1.29%||-0.31%|
|General Finance Corporation Competitors||-55.08%||-180.43%||0.88%|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares General Finance Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|General Finance Corporation||$276.93 million||-$2.96 million||-28.33|
|General Finance Corporation Competitors||$1.24 billion||$76.68 million||1,435.64|
General Finance Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than General Finance Corporation. General Finance Corporation 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.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for General Finance Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|General Finance Corporation||0||1||1||0||2.50|
|General Finance Corporation Competitors||627||1810||2521||64||2.40|
General Finance Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $9.20, suggesting a potential upside of 54.62%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 5.09%. Given General Finance Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe General Finance Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
19.0% of General Finance Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.2% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 25.9% of General Finance Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
General Finance Corporation Company Profile
General Finance Corporation is a specialty rental services company. The Company offers a range of portable storage units, including its core 20-feet and 40-feet steel containers, office container, mobile office and modular space products and steel tanks. It has two geographic areas that include its four operating segments: the Asia-Pacific area, consisting of the leasing operations of Royal Wolf Holdings Limited and its Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries (Royal Wolf), and North America, consisting of the combined leasing operations of Pac-Van, Inc. and its Canadian subsidiary, PV Acquisition Corp. (Pac-Van) and Lone Star Tank Rental Inc. (Lone Star), and the manufacturing operations of GFN Manufacturing Corporation and its subsidiary, Southern Frac, LLC (Southern Frac). As of June 30, 2016, the Company provided its storage solutions to over 41,000 customers across a range of industries, including commercial, construction, retail, transportation, education and others.
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