Contrasting Leju (LEJU) and Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS)

Leju (NYSE: LEJU) and Altisource Portfolio Solutions (NASDAQ:ASPS) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Leju and Altisource Portfolio Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Leju 1 0 0 0 1.00
Altisource Portfolio Solutions 0 2 0 0 2.00

Leju presently has a consensus price target of $2.10, suggesting a potential upside of 28.05%. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a consensus price target of $20.50, suggesting a potential downside of 27.43%. Given Leju’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Leju is more favorable than Altisource Portfolio Solutions.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Leju and Altisource Portfolio Solutions’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Leju $559.51 million 0.40 -$9.78 million ($1.21) -1.36
Altisource Portfolio Solutions $942.60 million 0.54 $28.69 million $0.12 235.42

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

Volatility and Risk

Leju has a beta of 2.98, suggesting that its stock price is 198% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

4.0% of Leju shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.6% of Altisource Portfolio Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 6.8% of Altisource Portfolio Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Leju and Altisource Portfolio Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Leju -45.44% -48.27% -32.60%
Altisource Portfolio Solutions 0.23% 81.23% 8.44%

Summary

Altisource Portfolio Solutions beats Leju on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Leju

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.

About Altisource Portfolio Solutions

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. is a marketplace and transaction solutions provider for the real estate, mortgage and consumer debt industries. The Company’s business processes, vendor and electronic payment management software and behavioral science-based analytics manage outcomes for marketplace participants. It operates through three segments: Mortgage Services, Financial Services and Technology Services. The Mortgage Services segment provides loan servicers, originators, rental property investors and real estate consumers with products, services and technologies. The Financial Services segment provides collection services to debt originators and servicers and customer relationship management services. The Technology Services segment provides software and data analytics solutions that support management of mortgage and real estate activities and marketplace transactions across mortgage and real estate lifecycles and information technology infrastructure management services.

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