Comparing American Farmland (AFCO) & Kennedy-Wilson Holdings (KW)

American Farmland (NASDAQ: AFCO) and Kennedy-Wilson Holdings (NYSE:KW) are both financials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.4% of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.1% of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares American Farmland and Kennedy-Wilson Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Farmland N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kennedy-Wilson Holdings $725.90 million 3.01 $234.50 million $0.18 106.12

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than American Farmland.

Dividends

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. American Farmland does not pay a dividend. Kennedy-Wilson Holdings pays out 377.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. American Farmland has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares American Farmland and Kennedy-Wilson Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Farmland 12.35% 1.47% 0.94%
Kennedy-Wilson Holdings 3.13% 2.28% 0.69%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for American Farmland and Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Farmland 0 2 0 0 2.00
Kennedy-Wilson Holdings 0 2 3 0 2.60

American Farmland currently has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.51%. Kennedy-Wilson Holdings has a consensus price target of $29.67, indicating a potential upside of 55.32%. Given Kennedy-Wilson Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Kennedy-Wilson Holdings is more favorable than American Farmland.

Summary

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings beats American Farmland on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

American Farmland Company Profile

American Farmland Company is an internally managed real estate company. The Company owns a portfolio of farmland, consisting of mature permanent, specialty/vegetable row and commodity row crop farms, including farmland in development, located in select major agricultural regions in the United States. It operates through four segments: Permanent Crop, Specialty/Vegetable Row Crop, Commodity Row Crop and Development. Permanent Crop consists of its Kimberly Vineyard, Golden Eagle Ranch, Quail Run Vineyard, Blue Heron Farms, Falcon Farms and Kingfisher Ranch properties. Specialty/Vegetable Row Crop consists of its Sandpiper Ranch and Sweetwater Farm properties. Commodity Row Crop consists of its Pleasant Plains Farm, Macomb Farm, Kane County Farms and Tillar Farm. Development consists of its Blue Cypress Farm, Roadrunner Ranch, Condor Ranch (of which over 68 mature acres are subject to participating leases), Grassy Island Groves, Pintail Vineyards and Hawk Creek Ranch properties.

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Company Profile

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. is a real estate investment company. The Company owns, operates, and invests in real estate both on its own and through its investment management platform. The Company focuses on multifamily and commercial properties located in the Western United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Japan. The Company’s segments include KW Investments, and KW Investment Management and Real Estate Services (IMRES). KW Investments invests in multifamily, residential and commercial properties, as well as loans secured by real estate. IMRES provides real estate-related services to investors and lenders, with a focus on financial institution-based clients. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had an ownership interest in approximately 39 million square feet of property globally, including 25,943 multifamily rental units.

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