Altisource Portfolio Solutions (NASDAQ: ASPS) and American Farmland (NASDAQ:AFCO) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, earnings, dividends and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Altisource Portfolio Solutions and American Farmland’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Altisource Portfolio Solutions $987.65 million 0.41 $164.08 million $0.82 26.68
American Farmland N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Altisource Portfolio Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than American Farmland.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Altisource Portfolio Solutions and American Farmland, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Altisource Portfolio Solutions 1 1 0 0 1.50
American Farmland 0 2 0 0 2.00

Altisource Portfolio Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $31.00, suggesting a potential upside of 41.68%. American Farmland has a consensus price target of $8.00, suggesting a potential downside of 7.51%. Given Altisource Portfolio Solutions’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Altisource Portfolio Solutions is more favorable than American Farmland.

Profitability

This table compares Altisource Portfolio Solutions and American Farmland’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Altisource Portfolio Solutions 1.72% 102.97% 10.70%
American Farmland 12.35% 1.47% 0.94%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

57.6% of Altisource Portfolio Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 6.0% of Altisource Portfolio Solutions shares are held by 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

Altisource Portfolio Solutions beats American Farmland on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Altisource Portfolio Solutions

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. is a marketplace and transaction solutions provider for the real estate, mortgage and consumer debt industries. The Company’s business processes, vendor and electronic payment management software and behavioral science-based analytics manage outcomes for marketplace participants. It operates through three segments: Mortgage Services, Financial Services and Technology Services. The Mortgage Services segment provides loan servicers, originators, rental property investors and real estate consumers with products, services and technologies. The Financial Services segment provides collection services to debt originators and servicers and customer relationship management services. The Technology Services segment provides software and data analytics solutions that support management of mortgage and real estate activities and marketplace transactions across mortgage and real estate lifecycles and information technology infrastructure management services.

About American Farmland

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.

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