Head to Head Analysis: AMEN Properties (OTCMKTS:AMEN) & iStar (NYSE:STAR)

AMEN Properties (OTCMKTS:AMENGet Rating) and iStar (NYSE:STARGet Rating) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Dividends

AMEN Properties pays an annual dividend of $40.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.5%. iStar pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. iStar pays out 6.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. iStar has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.5% of iStar shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.3% of AMEN Properties shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.9% of iStar shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for AMEN Properties and iStar, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AMEN Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A
iStar 0 0 0 0 N/A

iStar has a consensus price target of $21.00, indicating a potential upside of 95.35%. Given iStar’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe iStar is more favorable than AMEN Properties.

Profitability

This table compares AMEN Properties and iStar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AMEN Properties 77.25% 58.59% 53.25%
iStar 288.50% -7.41% -2.85%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares AMEN Properties and iStar’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AMEN Properties $3.07 million 8.70 $1.76 million N/A N/A
iStar $308.63 million 3.02 $132.48 million $7.40 1.45

iStar has higher revenue and earnings than AMEN Properties.

Risk & Volatility

AMEN Properties has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, iStar has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

iStar beats AMEN Properties on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AMEN Properties

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AMEN Properties, Inc. owns oil and gas royalty and working interests in various oil and gas properties in the United States. It holds interests in oil gas and gas royalties through its ownership of SFF Royalty, LLC; and 100% interests in SFF Production, LLC. The company was formerly known as Crosswalk.com, Inc. and changed its name to AMEN Properties, Inc. in October 2002. AMEN Properties, Inc. was incorporated in 1993 and is based in Richardson, Texas.

About iStar

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iStar Inc. (NYSE: STAR) is focused on reinventing the ground lease sector, unlocking value for real estate owners throughout the country by providing modern, more efficient ground leases on all types of properties. As the founder, investment manager and largest shareholder of Safehold Inc. (NYSE: SAFE), the first publicly traded company to focus on modern ground leases, iStar is helping create a logical new approach to the way real estate is owned, and continues to use its historic strengths in finance and net lease to expand this unique platform. Recognized as a consistent innovator in the real estate markets, iStar specializes in identifying and scaling newly discovered opportunities and has completed more than $40 billion of transactions over the past two decades.

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