Reviewing FirstService (NASDAQ:FSV) & Leap Technology (NASDAQ:LPTC)

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

Dividends

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.4% of FirstService shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Leap Technology shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for FirstService and Leap Technology, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

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

FirstService presently has a consensus target price of $107.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.25%. Given FirstService’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe FirstService is more favorable than Leap Technology.

Risk & Volatility

FirstService has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Leap Technology has a beta of -0.85, suggesting that its share price is 185% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares FirstService and Leap Technology’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 2.08 $65.86 million $1.80 57.02
Leap Technology N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

FirstService has higher revenue and earnings than Leap Technology.

Profitability

This table compares FirstService and Leap Technology’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%
Leap Technology N/A N/A N/A

Summary

FirstService beats Leap Technology on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

FirstService Company Profile

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.

Leap Technology Company Profile

[email protected] Technology, Inc. does not have significant operations. The company plans to pursue acquisition, joint venture, and investment opportunities primarily in the areas of health care technology, and products and services, as well as life sciences. Previously, it was involved in leasing a real property. [email protected] Technology, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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