Head-To-Head Analysis: Colliers International Group (CIGI) and FirstService Corporation (FSV)

Colliers International Group (NASDAQ: CIGI) and FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ:FSV) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Colliers International Group pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. FirstService Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Colliers International Group pays out 6.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. FirstService Corporation pays out 39.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Volatility & Risk

Colliers International Group has a beta of 1.81, indicating that its stock price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FirstService Corporation has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Colliers International Group and FirstService Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Colliers International Group 0 0 6 0 3.00
FirstService Corporation 0 6 0 0 2.00

Colliers International Group presently has a consensus target price of $72.25, suggesting a potential upside of 22.25%. FirstService Corporation has a consensus target price of $66.50, suggesting a potential downside of 0.85%. Given Colliers International Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Colliers International Group is more favorable than FirstService Corporation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Colliers International Group and FirstService Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Colliers International Group $1.90 billion 1.21 $67.96 million $1.53 38.63
FirstService Corporation $1.48 billion 1.62 $33.59 million $1.24 54.09

Colliers International Group has higher revenue and earnings than FirstService Corporation. Colliers International Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than FirstService Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.0% of Colliers International Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.2% of FirstService Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.3% of Colliers International Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Colliers International Group and FirstService Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Colliers International Group 2.81% 41.41% 7.34%
FirstService Corporation 2.74% 24.16% 5.65%

Summary

Colliers International Group beats FirstService Corporation on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Colliers International Group

Colliers International Group Inc. is engaged in the provision of commercial real estate services. The Company offers services, including outsourcing and advisory services, lease brokerage and sales brokerage. Its segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific, and Corporate. It is engaged in the transaction brokerage business, which provides services in sales and leasing for commercial clients. The Sales and Lease Brokerage Division executes transactions across a client base, including corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. It provides services for sales, leases and mortgages in various areas, such as landlord representation, tenant representation, and capital markets and investment services. The Outsourcing and Advisory Services Division provides appraisal and valuation services; facility, property and asset management services; project management services, and research for commercial real estate clients.

About FirstService Corporation

Firstservice Corporation is a provider of residential property management and other essential property services to residential and commercial customers. The Company operates through two segments: FirstService Residential and FirstService Brands. FirstService Residential is a property manager and provides ancillary services in the areas of on-site staffing, including building engineering and maintenance, full-service amenity management, security, concierge and front desk personnel, and landscaping; banking and insurance products, and energy conservation and management solutions. FirstService Brands provides essential property services to residential and commercial customers in North America through franchise networks and Company-owned locations. The principal brands in this division include Paul Davis Restoration, California Closets, Certa Pro Painters, Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, Floor Coverings International, College Pro Painters, Century Fire Protection and Service America.

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