Reviewing M/I Homes (MHO) and M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE:MDC)

M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE: MDC) and M/I Homes (NYSE:MHO) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.2% of M.D.C. Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 25.3% of M.D.C. Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.7% of M/I Homes shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares M.D.C. Holdings and M/I Homes’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
M.D.C. Holdings $2.58 billion 0.67 $199.46 million $2.36 14.12
M/I Homes $1.83 billion 0.35 $132.36 million $2.12 12.08

M.D.C. Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than M/I Homes. M/I Homes is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than M.D.C. Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for M.D.C. Holdings and M/I Homes, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
M.D.C. Holdings 3 3 0 0 1.50
M/I Homes 0 1 2 0 2.67

M.D.C. Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $29.00, suggesting a potential downside of 13.12%. M/I Homes has a consensus price target of $32.00, suggesting a potential upside of 24.90%. Given M/I Homes’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe M/I Homes is more favorable than M.D.C. Holdings.


This table compares M.D.C. Holdings and M/I Homes’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
M.D.C. Holdings 4.76% 9.25% 4.89%
M/I Homes 3.57% 12.99% 5.11%

Risk and Volatility

M.D.C. Holdings has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, M/I Homes has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.


M.D.C. Holdings beats M/I Homes on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About M.D.C. Holdings

M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. is engaged in two primary operations, including homebuilding and financial services. The Company’s segments include West, including segments located in Arizona, California, Nevada and Washington; Mountain, including segments located in Colorado and Utah; East, including segments located in Virginia, Florida and Maryland, which includes Pennsylvania and New Jersey; mortgage operations, including HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation, and Other, which includes Allegiant Insurance Company, Inc., StarAmerican Insurance Ltd., American Home Insurance Agency, Inc. and American Home Title and Escrow Company. The homebuilding operations consist of subsidiary companies that purchases finished lots or develop lots necessary for the construction and sale of single-family detached homes to first-time and first-time move-up homebuyers under the name Richmond American Homes. It also includes land acquisition and development, home construction, and sales and marketing.

About M/I Homes

M/I Homes, Inc. is a builder of single-family homes. The Company consists of two operations: homebuilding and financial services. It operates through Midwest homebuilding, Southern homebuilding, Mid-Atlantic homebuilding and financial services operations segments. The Company and its subsidiaries are engaged primarily in the construction and sale of single-family residential homes in 15 markets: Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Tampa, Orlando and Sarasota, Florida; Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; and the Virginia and Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. The Company’s financial services operations support its homebuilding operations by providing mortgage loans and title services to the customers of its homebuilding operations. It markets and sells homes primarily under the M/I Homes brand (M/I Homes and Showcase Collection (by M/I)).

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