Head to Head Analysis: America First Multifamily Investors (NASDAQ:ATAX) vs. HARGREAVES LANS/ADR (NASDAQ:HRGLY)

America First Multifamily Investors (NASDAQ:ATAX) and HARGREAVES LANS/ADR (OTCMKTS:HRGLY) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for America First Multifamily Investors and HARGREAVES LANS/ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
America First Multifamily Investors 0 1 0 0 2.00
HARGREAVES LANS/ADR 1 0 0 0 1.00

Insider & Institutional Ownership

7.3% of America First Multifamily Investors shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of America First Multifamily Investors shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares America First Multifamily Investors and HARGREAVES LANS/ADR’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
America First Multifamily Investors $81.36 million 5.21 $41.14 million N/A N/A
HARGREAVES LANS/ADR $602.86 million 19.90 $318.29 million $1.34 37.75

HARGREAVES LANS/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than America First Multifamily Investors.

Dividends

America First Multifamily Investors pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.1%. HARGREAVES LANS/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. HARGREAVES LANS/ADR pays out 36.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

America First Multifamily Investors has a beta of 0.33, indicating that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HARGREAVES LANS/ADR has a beta of 0.8, indicating that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares America First Multifamily Investors and HARGREAVES LANS/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
America First Multifamily Investors 49.50% 13.74% 4.09%
HARGREAVES LANS/ADR N/A N/A N/A

Summary

America First Multifamily Investors beats HARGREAVES LANS/ADR on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About America First Multifamily Investors

America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. acquires, holds, sells, and deals in a portfolio of mortgage revenue bonds (MRBs) that are issued to provide construction or permanent financing for multifamily and student housing, and residential and commercial properties. It operates through four segments: Mortgage Revenue Bond Investments, MF Properties, Public housing Capital Fund Trust, and Other Investments. As of December 31, 2018, the company owned 77 MRBs, of which various bonds were issued by state and local housing authorities in order to provide construction or permanent financing for 63 residential properties comprising a total of 10,650 rental units located in 13 states in the United States. America First Capital Associates Limited Partnership Two serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska.

About HARGREAVES LANS/ADR

Hargreaves Lansdown plc provides direct-to-investor investment services for individuals and corporates in the United Kingdom and Poland. Its flagship service is Vantage, a direct-to-investor platform. The company offers stocks and shares individual savings accounts (ISAs), fund and share accounts, self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs), and lifetime ISAs. It also provides pension services, including SIPPs, annuities, drawdown, and mix and match pensions; share dealing services, such as overseas share dealing, initial public offerings and share offers, certificated share dealing, and exchange traded funds and exchange traded commodities/currencies; and fund dealing services. In addition, the company offers personal and business currency services; Junior ISA, SIPP, and investment accounts; and financial advisory services comprising investment management, lump sum investment, pension consolidation, portfolio restructuring, retirement planning, and estate planning services. Hargreaves Lansdown plc was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Bristol, the United Kingdom.

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