Head to Head Survey: Manning and Napier (MN) versus Cohen & Steers (CNS)

Manning and Napier (NYSE: MN) and Cohen & Steers (NYSE:CNS) are both financials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Manning and Napier and Cohen & Steers’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manning and Napier $248.94 million 0.23 $9.27 million $0.23 16.52
Cohen & Steers $349.88 million 6.15 $92.93 million $2.09 22.22

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

51.2% of Manning and Napier shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.5% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Manning and Napier shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 52.9% of Cohen & Steers 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Manning and Napier and Cohen & Steers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manning and Napier 0 2 0 0 2.00
Cohen & Steers 1 2 1 0 2.00

Manning and Napier currently has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.26%. Cohen & Steers has a consensus price target of $44.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.27%. Given Manning and Napier’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Manning and Napier is more favorable than Cohen & Steers.

Risk & Volatility

Manning and Napier has a beta of 1.53, meaning that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cohen & Steers has a beta of 1.65, meaning that its stock price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Manning and Napier pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.4%. Cohen & Steers pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Manning and Napier pays out 139.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cohen & Steers pays out 53.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Manning and Napier has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Manning and Napier is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Manning and Napier and Cohen & Steers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manning and Napier 3.30% 30.20% 18.84%
Cohen & Steers 26.53% 32.82% 25.31%

Summary

Cohen & Steers beats Manning and Napier on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Manning and Napier Company Profile

Manning & Napier, Inc. is an independent investment management company. The Company operates through investment management industry segment. It provides a range of investment solutions through separately managed accounts, mutual funds and collective investment trust funds, as well as a range of consultative services. It offers equity, fixed income and alternative strategies, as well as a range of blended asset portfolios, such as life cycle funds. It serves a client base of high net worth individuals and institutions, including 401(k) plans, pension plans, Taft-Hartley plans (Taft-Hartley), endowments and foundations. It offers its investment management capabilities through direct sales to high net worth individuals and institutions, as well as through third-party intermediaries, platforms and institutional investment consultants. Its investment management offerings include approximately 40 separate account composites, and over 60 mutual funds and collective investment trusts.

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.

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