Contrast AG Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:MITT) and Howard Hughes (NYSE:HHC)

AG Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:MITT – Get Rating) and Howard Hughes (NYSE:HHC – Get Rating) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We’ll compare the two companies based on their dividend strength, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

48.0% of the shares of AG Mortgage Investment Trust are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 99.2% of Howard Hughes shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of the shares of AG Mortgage Investment Trust are held by insiders of the company. By comparison, 26.9% of Howard Hughes shares are held by insiders of the company. Strong institutional ownership indicates that endowments, large fund managers, and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

AG Mortgage Investment Trust has a beta of 1.48, meaning its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Howard Hughes has a beta of 1.38, meaning its stock price its stock is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of AG Mortgage Investment Trust and Howard Hughes.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
AG Mortgage Investment Trust 52.03% 11.30% 1.24%
Howard Hughes 8.62% 3.42% 1.32%

Analyst Notes

This is a summary of recent ratings from AG Mortgage Investment Trust and Howard Hughes, as reported by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
AG Mortgage Investment Trust 0 1 3 0 2.75
Howard Hughes 0 0 2 0 3.00

AG Mortgage Investment Trust currently has a consensus target price of $13.69, indicating a potential upside of 71.52%. Howard Hughes has a consensus target price of $122.50, indicating a potential upside of 38.65%. Given AG Mortgage Investment Trust’s likely higher upside, research analysts clearly believe that AG Mortgage Investment Trust is more favorable than Howard Hughes.

Valuation and benefits

This table compares the revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation of AG Mortgage Investment Trust and Howard Hughes.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
AG Mortgage Investment Trust $70.66 million 2.70 $104.19 million $2.16 3.69
Howard Hughes $1.43 billion 3.18 $56.10 million $2.29 38.58

AG Mortgage Investment Trust has higher earnings, but lower earnings than Howard Hughes. AG Mortgage Investment Trust trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Howard Hughes, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Howard Hughes beats AG Mortgage Investment Trust on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

AG Mortgage Investment Trust Company Profile (Get an evaluation)

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. operates as a residential mortgage real estate investment trust in the United States. Its investment portfolio includes residential investments, including non-qualifying mortgages, non-occupied loans by government-sponsored entities, re/non-performing loans, land-related financing and residential mortgage-backed securities. agency; and business investments. The Company is considered a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes. It would generally not be subject to federal corporate income tax if it distributed at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is based in New York, New York.

Howard Hughes Company Profile (Get an evaluation)

Howard Hughes logoThe Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops operating commercial, residential and hotel properties in the United States. It operates through four segments: Operating Assets; Principal Planned Communities (MPC); Seaport district; and strategic developments. As of December 31, 2020, the operating assets segment held 15 retail businesses, 33 offices, 12 multi-family properties, 3 hotels and 13 other operating and investment assets primarily located in The Woodlands, Texas; Chicago, Ill.; Columbia, Maryland; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Honolulu, Hawaii. The MPC segment develops and sells detached and attached single-family homes, and ranges from entry-level homes to luxury homes to residential builders and developers; and sells or leases land for commercial development, including land parcels for retail, office, hospitality and residential projects. The Seaport District segment is involved in owner operations, managed businesses, events and sponsorships. The Strategic Development segment invests in residential condominium and commercial property projects. This segment includes 18 development or redevelopment projects. The Howard Hughes Corporation was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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