Financial contrast: Claros Mortgage Trust (NYSE: CMTG) and FirstService (NASDAQ: FSV)

Claros Mortgage Trust (NYSE:CMTG – Get Rating) and FirstService (NASDAQ:FSV – Get Rating) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the best investment? We’ll compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, and analyst recommendations.

Benefits and evaluation

This table compares revenue, earnings per share and valuation of Claros Mortgage Trust and FirstService.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Claros Mortgage Trust $247.01 million 9.55 $170.55 million N / A N / A
First serve $3.25 billion 1.67 $135.21 million $2.88 42.68

Claros Mortgage Trust has higher earnings, but lower earnings than FirstService.

Analyst Notes

This is a breakdown of the current recommendations for Claros Mortgage Trust and FirstService, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Claros Mortgage Trust 0 2 2 0 2.50
First serve 0 4 1 0 2.20

Claros Mortgage Trust currently has a consensus target price of $19.40, suggesting a potential upside of 14.86%. FirstService has a consensus target price of $173.80, suggesting a potential upside of 41.40%. Given FirstService’s possible higher upside, analysts clearly believe that FirstService is more favorable than Claros Mortgage Trust.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Claros Mortgage Trust and FirstService.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Claros Mortgage Trust N / A N / A N / A
First serve 3.78% 16.37% 5.25%


Claros Mortgage Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.8%. FirstService pays an annual dividend of $0.81 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. FirstService pays 28.1% of its earnings as a dividend. FirstService has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Institutional and insider ownership

54.8% of the shares of Claros Mortgage Trust are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 67.7% of FirstService’s shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership indicates that endowments, large fund managers, and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


FirstService beats Claros Mortgage Trust on 7 out of 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Claros Mortgage Trust (Get an evaluation)

Claros Mortgage Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust primarily focused on providing senior and subordinated loans on transitional commercial real estate assets located in major markets in the United States. The company qualifies as a real estate investment trust (REIT) under the Internal Revenue Code. As a REIT, its net income would be exempt from federal tax to the extent it is distributed as dividends to shareholders. The company was incorporated in 2015 and is based in New York, New York.

About FirstService (Get an evaluation)

FirstService Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides residential property management and other essential real estate 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, cooperatives, homeowners associations, planned communities, active adult and lifestyle communities and various other residential developments. This segment also provides a range of ancillary services, including onsite staff for building engineering and maintenance, comprehensive pool and equipment management, security and concierge/reception; and financial services including cash management, other banking and specialized property insurance brokerage. Additionally, this segment offers energy management solutions and consulting services, as well as resale fulfillment services. The FirstService Brands segment operates and provides essential real estate services to residential and commercial customers, through five franchise networks; and company-owned sites, including 20 California Closets, 12 Paul Davis Restoration and 1 CertaPro Painters. It provides residential and commercial restoration, painting, and flooring design and installation services; custom designed and installed closets 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 brands. FirstService Corporation was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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