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Great Ajax NYSE:AJX Stock Report

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28 Sep, 2022


Company Financials +
AJX fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Future Growth4/6
Past Performance1/6
Financial Health3/6

AJX Stock Overview

Great Ajax Corp., real estate company, acquires, invests in, and manages a portfolio of residential mortgage and small balance commercial mortgage loans.

Great Ajax Competitors

Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for Great Ajax
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUS$8.10
52 Week HighUS$14.74
52 Week LowUS$7.71
1 Month Change-14.10%
3 Month Change-15.54%
1 Year Change-40.04%
3 Year Change-45.95%
5 Year Change-40.96%
Change since IPO-40.12%

Recent News & Updates

Aug 26

Great Ajax unit offers $110M senior unsecured notes

Great Ajax (NYSE:AJX) unit Great Ajax Operating Partnership closed a private offering of $110M 8.875% senior unsecured notes due Sep. 2027. The notes will be guaranteed by the company and two of its other subsidiaries. Source: Press Release

Shareholder Returns

AJXUS Mortgage REITsUS Market

Return vs Industry: AJX underperformed the US Mortgage REITs industry which returned -38.5% over the past year.

Return vs Market: AJX underperformed the US Market which returned -22.1% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is AJX's price volatile compared to industry and market?
AJX volatility
AJX Average Weekly Movement4.9%
Mortgage REITs Industry Average Movement4.8%
Market Average Movement6.9%
10% most volatile stocks in US Market15.8%
10% least volatile stocks in US Market2.8%

Stable Share Price: AJX is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 5% a week.

Volatility Over Time: AJX's weekly volatility (5%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

2014n/aLarry Mendelsohn

Great Ajax Corp., real estate company, acquires, invests in, and manages a portfolio of residential mortgage and small balance commercial mortgage loans. The company also holds real estate owned properties acquired upon the foreclosure or other settlement of its non-performing loans, as well as through outright purchases. In addition, it acquires and originates small balance commercial loans (SBC) secured by multi-family residential and commercial mixed-use retail/residential properties; and invests in single-family and smaller commercial properties through a foreclosure event of a loan or a direct acquisition.

Great Ajax Fundamentals Summary

How do Great Ajax's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
AJX fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$184.14m
Earnings (TTM)US$10.97m
Revenue (TTM)US$59.92m


P/E Ratio


P/S Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
AJX income statement (TTM)
Cost of RevenueUS$8.21m
Gross ProfitUS$51.71m
Other ExpensesUS$40.74m

Last Reported Earnings

Jun 30, 2022

Next Earnings Date


Earnings per share (EPS)0.48
Gross Margin86.30%
Net Profit Margin18.31%
Debt/Equity Ratio262.1%

How did AJX perform over the long term?

See historical performance and comparison



Current Dividend Yield


Payout Ratio
We’ve recently updated our valuation analysis.


Is AJX undervalued compared to its fair value, analyst forecasts and its price relative to the market?

Valuation Score


Valuation Score 4/6

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Peers

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Industry

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio

  • Below Fair Value

  • Significantly Below Fair Value

  • Analyst Forecast

Key Valuation Metric

Which metric is best to use when looking at relative valuation for AJX?

Other financial metrics that can be useful for relative valuation.

AJX key valuation metrics and ratios. From Price to Earnings, Price to Sales and Price to Book to Price to Earnings Growth Ratio, Enterprise Value and EBITDA.
Key Statistics
Enterprise Value/Revenuen/a
Enterprise Value/EBITDAn/a
PEG Ratio0.1x

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Peers

How does AJX's PE Ratio compare to its peers?

AJX PE Ratio vs Peers
The above table shows the PE ratio for AJX vs its peers. Here we also display the market cap and forecasted growth for additional consideration.
CompanyPEEstimated GrowthMarket Cap
Peer Average12.3x
SEVN Seven Hills Realty Trust
REFI Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance
LFT Lument Finance Trust
AJX Great Ajax

Price-To-Earnings vs Peers: AJX is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (16.8x) compared to the peer average (12.3x).

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry

How does AJX's PE Ratio compare vs other companies in the US Mortgage REITs Industry?

Price-To-Earnings vs Industry: AJX is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (16.8x) compared to the US Mortgage REITs industry average (10.2x)

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Fair Ratio

What is AJX's PE Ratio compared to its Fair PE Ratio? This is the expected PE Ratio taking into account the company's forecast earnings growth, profit margins and other risk factors.

AJX PE Ratio vs Fair Ratio.
Fair Ratio
Current PE Ratio16.8x
Fair PE Ratio104.2x

Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio: AJX is good value based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (16.8x) compared to the estimated Fair Price-To-Earnings Ratio (104.2x).

Share Price vs Fair Value

What is the Fair Price of AJX when looking at its future cash flows? For this estimate we use a Discounted Cash Flow model.

Below Fair Value: AJX ($8.1) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($10.84)

Significantly Below Fair Value: AJX is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Analyst Price Targets

What is the analyst 12-month forecast and do we have any statistical confidence in the consensus price target?

Analyst Forecast: Target price is more than 20% higher than the current share price and analysts are within a statistically confident range of agreement.

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Future Growth

How is Great Ajax forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 3 analysts?

Future Growth Score


Future Growth Score 4/6

  • Earnings vs Savings Rate

  • Earnings vs Market

  • High Growth Earnings

  • Revenue vs Market

  • High Growth Revenue

  • Future ROE


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: AJX's forecast earnings growth (150% per year) is above the savings rate (1.9%).

Earnings vs Market: AJX's earnings (150% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (14.8% per year).

High Growth Earnings: AJX's earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: AJX's revenue (19.5% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (7.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: AJX's revenue (19.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: Insufficient data to determine if AJX's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time

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Past Performance

How has Great Ajax performed over the past 5 years?

Past Performance Score


Past Performance Score 1/6

  • Quality Earnings

  • Growing Profit Margin

  • Earnings Trend

  • Accelerating Growth

  • Earnings vs Industry

  • High ROE


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: AJX has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: AJX's current net profit margins (18.3%) are lower than last year (42.8%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: AJX's earnings have declined by 1.8% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: AJX's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: AJX had negative earnings growth (-67%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Mortgage REITs industry average (-1.6%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: AJX's Return on Equity (4.8%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Great Ajax's financial position?

Financial Health Score


Financial Health Score 3/6

  • Short Term Liabilities

  • Long Term Liabilities

  • Debt Level

  • Reducing Debt

  • Debt Coverage

  • Interest Coverage

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: AJX's short term assets ($1.1B) exceed its short term liabilities ($541.2M).

Long Term Liabilities: AJX's short term assets ($1.1B) exceed its long term liabilities ($607.9M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: AJX's net debt to equity ratio (250.3%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: AJX's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 290.8% to 262.1% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: AJX's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (1%).

Interest Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if AJX's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT.

Balance Sheet

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What is Great Ajax current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

Dividend Score


Dividend Score 2/6

  • Notable Dividend

  • High Dividend

  • Stable Dividend

  • Growing Dividend

  • Earnings Coverage

  • Cash Flow Coverage


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Great Ajax Dividend Yield vs Market
How does Great Ajax dividend yield compare to the market?
SegmentDividend Yield
Company (Great Ajax)13.3%
Market Bottom 25% (US)1.6%
Market Top 25% (US)4.6%
Industry Average (Mortgage REITs)13.6%
Analyst forecast in 3 Years (Great Ajax)13.7%

Notable Dividend: AJX's dividend (13.33%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.67%).

High Dividend: AJX's dividend (13.33%) is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.69%)

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: AJX has been paying a dividend for less than 10 years and during this time payments have been volatile.

Growing Dividend: AJX's dividend payments have increased, but the company has only paid a dividend for 8 years.

Earnings Payout to Shareholders

Earnings Coverage: With its high payout ratio (202.1%), AJX's dividend payments are not well covered by earnings.

Cash Payout to Shareholders

Cash Flow Coverage: With its high cash payout ratio (209.9%), AJX's dividend payments are not well covered by cash flows.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Larry Mendelsohn (61 yo)





Dr. Lawrence A. Mendelsohn, also known as Larry, Ph D., serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Great Ajax Corp. since 2014. Dr. Mendelsohn founded Aspen Capital in 1995 and has been its Part...

Leadership Team

Experienced Management: AJX's management team is seasoned and experienced (8.7 years average tenure).

Board Members

Experienced Board: AJX's board of directors are considered experienced (8 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Ownership Breakdown

What is the ownership structure of AJX?
Owner TypeNumber of SharesOwnership Percentage
Private Companies3630.002%
Individual Insiders723,2673.2%
General Public6,388,89428.1%

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Top 25 shareholders own 63.38% of the company
OwnershipNameSharesCurrent ValueChange %Portfolio %
Wellington Management Group LLP
1,955,534$15.8m0.01%no data
BlackRock, Inc.
1,046,303$8.5m-49.78%no data
Michigan Department of Treasury, Bureau of Investments
The Vanguard Group, Inc.
910,234$7.4m-6.07%no data
Pacific Ridge Capital Partners, LLC
Almitas Capital LLC
Gregory Funding LLC, Asset Management Arm
361,912$2.9m27.31%no data
Hotchkis and Wiley Capital Management, LLC
Beach Point Capital Management LP
State Street Global Advisors, Inc.
313,179$2.5m-49.74%no data
Family Management Corp
Millennium Management LLC
276,843$2.2m487.19%no data
Thetis Asset Management LLC
249,695$2.0m-31.51%no data
Lawrence Mendelsohn
237,135$1.9m17.25%no data
Eaton Vance Management
232,879$1.9m-33.4%no data
Ellington Management Group, L.L.C.
Driehaus Capital Management LLC
Bard Associates Inc.
Geode Capital Management, LLC
194,003$1.6m-49.06%no data
Wiley Bros.-Aintree Capital, Llc, Asset Management Arm
Amundi Asset Management
143,044$1.2m9.52%no data
Two Sigma Investments, LP
138,603$1.1m21.79%no data
Russell Schaub
137,991$1.1m11.23%no data
KG&L Capital Management, LLC

Company Information

Great Ajax Corp.'s employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Great Ajax Corp.
  • Ticker: AJX
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 2014
  • Industry: Mortgage REITs
  • Sector: Diversified Financials
  • Implied Market Cap: US$184.139m
  • Shares outstanding: 22.73m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Great Ajax Corp.
  • 13190 SW 68th Parkway
  • Suite 201
  • Tigard
  • Oregon
  • 97223
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
AJXNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDFeb 2015
45RDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURFeb 2015

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2022/09/28 00:00
End of Day Share Price2022/09/28 00:00
Annual Earnings2021/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.