Keppel REIT (OTCMKTS:KREVF) vs. FirstService (NASDAQ:FSV) Head-To-Head Review

Keppel REIT (OTCMKTS:KREVFGet Rating) and FirstService (NASDAQ:FSVGet Rating) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.7% of FirstService shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Keppel REIT and FirstService’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Keppel REIT N/A N/A N/A
FirstService 3.78% 16.37% 5.25%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Keppel REIT and FirstService’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Keppel REIT $161.20 million 18.06 $179.48 million N/A N/A
FirstService $3.25 billion 1.59 $135.21 million $2.88 40.66

Keppel REIT has higher earnings, but lower revenue than FirstService.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Keppel REIT and FirstService, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Keppel REIT 0 0 0 0 N/A
FirstService 0 4 1 0 2.20

FirstService has a consensus target price of $173.80, indicating a potential upside of 48.42%. Given FirstService’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe FirstService is more favorable than Keppel REIT.

Volatility and Risk

Keppel REIT has a beta of 0.44, meaning that its share price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FirstService has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.


FirstService beats Keppel REIT on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Keppel REIT Company Profile (Get Rating)

Listed by way of an introduction on 28 April 2006, Keppel REIT is one of Asia's leading REITs with a portfolio of Grade A commercial assets in key business districts pan-Asia. Keppel REIT's objective is to generate stable income and long-term growth for Unitholders by owning and investing in a portfolio of quality income-producing commercial real estate and real estate-related assets in Singapore and pan-Asia. The REIT has assets under management of over $8 billion in Singapore, key Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, as well as Seoul, South Korea. Keppel REIT is sponsored by Keppel Land Limited, one of Asia's leading property companies. It is managed by Keppel REIT Management Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Capital Holdings Pte Ltd (Keppel Capital). Keppel Capital is a premier asset manager in Asia with a diversified portfolio in real estate, infrastructure and data centre properties in key global markets.

FirstService Company Profile (Get Rating)

FirstService Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides residential property management and other essential property services to residential and commercial customers in the United States and Canada. The company operates in two segments, FirstService Residential and FirstService Brands. The FirstService Residential segment offers property management services for private residential communities, such as condominiums, co-operatives, homeowner associations, master-planned communities, active adult and lifestyle communities, and various other residential developments. This segment also provides a range of ancillary services, including on-site staffing for building engineering and maintenance, full-service swimming pool and amenity management, and security and concierge/front desk; and financial services comprising cash management, other banking transaction-related, and specialized property insurance brokerage. In addition, this segment offers energy management solutions and advisory services, and resale processing services. The FirstService Brands segment operates and provides essential property services to residential and commercial customers, through five franchise networks; and company-owned locations, including 20 California Closets, 12 Paul Davis Restoration, and 1 CertaPro Painters locations. It provides residential and commercial restoration, painting, and floor coverings design and installation services; custom-designed and installed closet, and home storage solutions; home inspection services; and fire protection and related services. This segment offers its services primarily under the Paul Davis Restoration, First Onsite Restoration, Century Fire Protection, CertaPro Painters, California Closets, Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, and Floor Coverings International brand names. FirstService Corporation was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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