Voltari (OTCMKTS:VLTC) versus FirstService (OTCMKTS:FSV) Critical Survey

FirstService (NASDAQ:FSV) and Voltari (OTCMKTS:VLTC) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares FirstService and Voltari’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FirstService $1.93 billion 1.93 $65.86 million $1.80 57.30
Voltari $1.55 million N/A -$1.53 million N/A N/A

FirstService has higher revenue and earnings than Voltari.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

66.2% of FirstService shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Voltari shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for FirstService and Voltari, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FirstService 0 4 0 0 2.00
Voltari 0 0 0 0 N/A

FirstService currently has a consensus price target of $107.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.74%. Given FirstService’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe FirstService is more favorable than Voltari.

Dividends

FirstService pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Voltari does not pay a dividend. FirstService pays out 33.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. FirstService has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares FirstService and Voltari’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FirstService -11.58% 28.17% 5.97%
Voltari -96.58% N/A -8.29%

Summary

FirstService beats Voltari on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FirstService

FirstService Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides residential property services to residential and commercial customers in the United States and Canada. The company operates through two segments, FirstService Residential and FirstService Brands. The FirstService Residential segment provides property management services for private residential communities, such as condominiums, co-operatives, homeowner associations, master-planned communities, active adult and lifestyle communities, and various other residential developments. This segment also offers a range of ancillary services, including on-site staffing for building engineering and maintenance, full-service amenity management, security and concierge/front desk, and landscaping; and financial services comprising cash management, other banking transaction-related services, and specialized property insurance brokerage. In addition, this segment provides energy management solutions and advisory services, and resale processing services. The FirstService Brands segment offers property services through 6 franchise networks; and company-owned locations, including 18 California Closets locations and 9 Paul Davis Restoration locations. It offers residential and commercial restoration, painting, and floor coverings design and installation services; custom-designed and installed closet, and home storage solutions; home inspection services; exterior residential painting and window cleaning services; fire protection services; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services, as well as related services. This segment provides its services primarily under the Paul Davis Restoration, CertaPro Painters, California Closets, Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, Floor Coverings International, College Pro Painters, and Century Fire Protection brand names. FirstService Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

About Voltari

Voltari Corporation engages in acquiring, financing, and leasing commercial real properties. It owns and leases three commercial real properties in Long Branch, New Jersey; Flanders, New York; and Columbia, South Carolina. The company is headquartered in New York, New York.

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