Reviewing Santa Fe Financial (SFEF) & Retail Value (RVI)

Santa Fe Financial (OTCMKTS:SFEF) and Retail Value (NYSE:RVI) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Santa Fe Financial and Retail Value’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Santa Fe Financial 8.10% -0.55% 0.61%
Retail Value N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Retail Value pays an annual dividend of $1.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Santa Fe Financial does not pay a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.9% of Retail Value shares are owned by institutional investors. 85.9% of Santa Fe Financial shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Santa Fe Financial and Retail Value’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Santa Fe Financial $57.43 million 0.87 $1.49 million N/A N/A
Retail Value $322.87 million 1.76 -$292.45 million N/A N/A

Santa Fe Financial has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Retail Value.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Santa Fe Financial and Retail Value, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Santa Fe Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A
Retail Value 0 0 1 0 3.00

Retail Value has a consensus target price of $41.00, suggesting a potential upside of 33.29%. Given Retail Value’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Retail Value is more favorable than Santa Fe Financial.

Summary

Retail Value beats Santa Fe Financial on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Santa Fe Financial

Santa Fe Financial Corporation owns and operates a hotel property in San Francisco, California. The company operates through three segments: Hotel Operations, Real Estate Operations, and Investment Transactions. Its hotel property consists of 544 guest rooms and luxury suites, and related facilities, including a five level underground parking garage. The company also owns and operates a 27-unit and a 2-unit multi-family apartment complex located in Los Angeles, California, as well as owns land for development located in Maui, Hawaii; and invests in marketable securities, such as corporate equities and bonds, and income producing securities. The company was formerly known as Tri Financial Corporation and changed its name to Santa Fe Financial Corporation in September 1970. The company was founded in 1967 and is based in Los Angeles, California. Santa Fe Financial Corporation is a subsidiary of The InterGroup Corporation.

About Retail Value

RVI is an independent publicly traded company trading under the ticker symbol “RVI” on the New York Stock Exchange. RVI holds assets in the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico and is managed by one or more subsidiaries of SITE Centers Corp. (formerly known as DDR Corp.). RVI focuses on realizing value in its business through operations and sales of its assets.

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