Analyzing Maui Land & Pineapple (NYSE:MLP) & BBX Capital (BBX)

Maui Land & Pineapple (NYSE:MLP) and BBX Capital (NYSE:BBX) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

21.0% of Maui Land & Pineapple shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.8% of BBX Capital shares are owned by institutional investors. 65.5% of Maui Land & Pineapple shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 28.7% of BBX Capital shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Maui Land & Pineapple and BBX Capital’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maui Land & Pineapple $11.04 million 20.80 $500,000.00 N/A N/A
BBX Capital $961.79 million 0.61 $35.10 million $0.72 8.32

BBX Capital has higher revenue and earnings than Maui Land & Pineapple.

Dividends

BBX Capital pays an annual dividend of $0.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Maui Land & Pineapple does not pay a dividend. BBX Capital pays out 6.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Maui Land & Pineapple has a beta of 0.73, indicating that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BBX Capital has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Maui Land & Pineapple and BBX Capital, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maui Land & Pineapple 0 0 0 0 N/A
BBX Capital 0 0 2 0 3.00

BBX Capital has a consensus target price of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 167.11%. Given BBX Capital’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe BBX Capital is more favorable than Maui Land & Pineapple.

Profitability

This table compares Maui Land & Pineapple and BBX Capital’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maui Land & Pineapple 6.80% 2.47% 1.66%
BBX Capital 6.06% 9.16% 3.60%

Summary

BBX Capital beats Maui Land & Pineapple on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Maui Land & Pineapple Company Profile

Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, sells, and manages residential, resort, commercial, agricultural, and industrial real estate properties in the United States. The company operates through Real Estate, Leasing, Utilities, and Resort Amenities segments. The Real Estate segment is involved in the land planning and entitlement, development, and sales activities; and general brokerage real estate business. The Leasing segment leases residential, resort, commercial, agricultural, and industrial land and properties; and licenses its registered trademarks and trade names, as well as provides stewardship and conservation services. The Utilities segment provides potable and non-potable water utility services, and sewage collection and transmission services, as well as owns and operates non-potable wells, irrigation ditches, reservoirs, and transmission systems that serve the Kapalua Resort, the County of Maui, and agricultural users in West and Upcountry Maui. The Resort Amenities segment manages the operations of the Kapalua Club, a private, non-equity club program providing its members special programs, access, and other privileges at certain amenities at the Kapalua Resort. It owns approximately 23,000 acres of land on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. was founded in 1909 and is based in Lahaina, Hawaii.

BBX Capital Company Profile

BBX Capital Corporation, formerly known as BFC Financial Corporation, is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in investments and acquisitions of middle market companies. The firm also invests in mergers and acquisition, add-on acquisitions, divestiture, taking public companies private and private companies public, leveraged buyout, partnership, recapitalization, and restructuring. It typically does not invest in industries or companies whose ultimate returns are event driven. The firm seeks to invest across a broad range of industries ranging from service to manufacturing businesses. The firm prefers to acquire controlling interests in its portfolio companies and can also consider minority investments. BFC Financial Corporation was founded in 1980 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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