Contrasting Leju (NYSE:LEJU) & Office Properties Income Trust (NYSE:OPI)

Leju (NYSE:LEJU) and Office Properties Income Trust (NASDAQ:OPI) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Leju and Office Properties Income Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Leju 0 1 0 0 2.00
Office Properties Income Trust 0 3 0 0 2.00

Leju currently has a consensus target price of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 150.00%. Office Properties Income Trust has a consensus target price of $26.33, indicating a potential downside of 1.56%. Given Leju’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Leju is more favorable than Office Properties Income Trust.

Dividends

Office Properties Income Trust pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.2%. Leju does not pay a dividend. Office Properties Income Trust pays out 27.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Leju and Office Properties Income Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Leju $462.03 million 0.47 -$13.48 million N/A N/A
Office Properties Income Trust $426.56 million 3.02 -$21.88 million $7.95 3.36

Leju has higher revenue and earnings than Office Properties Income Trust.

Volatility & Risk

Leju has a beta of 2.78, meaning that its share price is 178% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Office Properties Income Trust has a beta of 1.65, meaning that its share price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Leju and Office Properties Income Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Leju 0.77% 1.73% 0.93%
Office Properties Income Trust -15.86% -4.92% -1.73%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.1% of Leju shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.3% of Office Properties Income Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Office Properties Income Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Leju beats Office Properties Income Trust on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Leju Company Profile

Leju Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides online to offline (O2O) real estate services in the People's Republic of China. The company offers real estate e-commerce, online advertising, and online listing services through its online platform, which comprises Websites covering 377 cities and various mobile applications for the real estate and home furnishing industries. It also operates various real estate and home furnishing Websites of SINA Corporation (SINA); and official accounts on Weixin, a social communication platform and Weibo, a microblog. The company's O2O services for new residential properties include selling discount coupons; and facilitating online property viewing, physical property visits, marketing events, and pre-sale customer support, as well as home furnishing business transactions on its platform. It also sells advertising primarily on the SINA new residential properties and home furnishing Websites; and acts as an advertising agent for the SINA home page and non-real estate Websites with respect to advertising sold to real estate developers and home furnishing suppliers. In addition, the company offers fee-based online property listing services to real estate agents; and services to individual property sellers. Leju Holdings Limited was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

Office Properties Income Trust Company Profile

Office Properties Income Trust is a real estate investment trust, or REIT, which owns buildings primarily leased to single tenants and those with high credit quality characteristics like government entities. In December 2018, our predecessor company Government Properties Income Trust, or GOV, merged with Select Income REIT, or SIR, and the combined company was renamed Office Properties Income Trust, or OPI. Combining the two companies creates a national office REIT with increased scale, enhanced tenant and geographic diversification, a well-laddered lease expiration schedule, a broader investment strategy, and a company with one of the highest percentages of rent paid by investment grade rated tenants in the office sector.

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