Analyzing FirstService (FSV) & Its Competitors

FirstService (NASDAQ: FSV) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Real Estate Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare FirstService to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for FirstService and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FirstService 0 6 0 0 2.00
FirstService Competitors 90 357 630 17 2.52

FirstService presently has a consensus target price of $66.50, indicating a potential downside of 2.39%. As a group, “Real Estate Services” companies have a potential upside of 2.53%. Given FirstService’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe FirstService has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.2% of FirstService shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.9% of shares of all “Real Estate Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.8% of shares of all “Real Estate Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares FirstService and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FirstService 2.74% 24.16% 5.65%
FirstService Competitors 4.69% 15.85% 3.20%

Volatility and Risk

FirstService has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FirstService’s peers have a beta of 1.53, suggesting that their average share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

FirstService pays an annual dividend of $0.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. FirstService pays out 39.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Real Estate Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 39.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. FirstService lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FirstService and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
FirstService $1.48 billion $33.59 million 54.94
FirstService Competitors $2.13 billion $74.49 million -1,660.71

FirstService’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than FirstService. FirstService is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

FirstService peers beat FirstService on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

About FirstService

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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