BBX Capital (BBX) vs. Maui Land & Pineapple (MLP) Critical Review

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

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BBX Capital $961.79 million 0.61 $35.10 million $0.72 8.39
Maui Land & Pineapple $11.04 million 19.66 $500,000.00 N/A N/A

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

Profitability

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

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for BBX Capital and Maui Land & Pineapple, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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

BBX Capital presently has a consensus target price of $16.00, suggesting a potential upside of 164.90%. Given BBX Capital’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe BBX Capital is more favorable than Maui Land & Pineapple.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.0% of BBX Capital shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.0% of Maui Land & Pineapple shares are held by institutional investors. 28.7% of BBX Capital shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 65.5% of Maui Land & Pineapple shares are held 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.

Dividends

BBX Capital pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Maui Land & Pineapple does not pay a dividend. BBX Capital pays out 5.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

BBX Capital has a beta of 1.62, indicating that its share price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Maui Land & Pineapple has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

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

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.

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.

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