Comparing Cohen & Steers (CNS) and OM Asset Management PLC (NYSE:OMAM)

Cohen & Steers (NYSE: CNS) and OM Asset Management PLC (NYSE:OMAM) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, profitabiliy, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Cohen & Steers and OM Asset Management PLC, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cohen & Steers 1 2 1 0 2.00
OM Asset Management PLC 0 0 6 0 3.00

Cohen & Steers presently has a consensus price target of $44.33, indicating a potential upside of 11.14%. OM Asset Management PLC has a consensus price target of $17.88, indicating a potential upside of 30.95%. Given OM Asset Management PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe OM Asset Management PLC is more favorable than Cohen & Steers.

Dividends

Cohen & Steers pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. OM Asset Management PLC pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Cohen & Steers pays out 54.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. OM Asset Management PLC pays out 45.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. OM Asset Management PLC has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

45.4% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.2% of OM Asset Management PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. 52.9% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of OM Asset Management PLC shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cohen & Steers and OM Asset Management PLC’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cohen & Steers $366.32 million 5.04 $150.50 million $2.06 19.36
OM Asset Management PLC $772.40 million 2.03 $164.10 million $0.79 17.28

OM Asset Management PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Cohen & Steers. OM Asset Management PLC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cohen & Steers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Cohen & Steers has a beta of 1.54, meaning that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OM Asset Management PLC has a beta of 1.71, meaning that its share price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Cohen & Steers and OM Asset Management PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cohen & Steers 26.34% 33.17% 26.42%
OM Asset Management PLC 12.12% 86.89% 12.46%

Summary

OM Asset Management PLC beats Cohen & Steers on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cohen & Steers Company Profile

Cohen & Steers, Inc. (CNS) is a holding company. The Company is an investment manager with a focus on liquid real assets, including real estate securities, listed infrastructure, commodities and natural resource equities, as well as preferred securities and other income solutions. The Company serves institutional and individual investors. The Company manages three types of investment vehicles: institutional accounts, open-end funds and closed-end funds. The Company also provides services in connection with model-based strategies (MBS) accounts. In addition, the Company provides several services in connection with assets held by unit investment trusts (UITs). As a portfolio consultant to a number of UITs, the Company constructs a portfolio of securities that suit the investment objective of the UIT. The Company also provides ongoing portfolio monitoring services and provides a license to certain firms to use its name in connection with certain of their investment products.

OM Asset Management PLC Company Profile

OM Asset Management plc is a global, diversified, multi-boutique asset management company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated its business through its eight Affiliates, each of which operated autonomously and employed its own investment processes. Its Affiliates include Acadian Asset Management LLC; Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss, LLC; Campbell Global, LLC; Copper Rock Capital Partners LLC; Heitman LLC; Investment Counselors of Maryland, LLC; Landmark Partners, LLC, and Thompson, Siegel & Walmsley LLC. It works with boutique asset managers, and the Company leverages the resources within its organization to engage with its Affiliates and provide them with capabilities unavailable to specialist asset management firms. The Company works with its Affiliates to identify and execute upon opportunities for their businesses in areas, such as business line expansion and product development, as well as activities required for the operation of investment boutiques.

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