Ameriprise Financial Services (NYSE: AMP) and Oaktree Capital Group (NYSE:OAK) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.
This table compares Ameriprise Financial Services and Oaktree Capital Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Ameriprise Financial Services||14.24%||29.75%||1.31%|
|Oaktree Capital Group||19.04%||18.88%||4.51%|
This is a summary of recent ratings for Ameriprise Financial Services and Oaktree Capital Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Ameriprise Financial Services||0||4||4||0||2.50|
|Oaktree Capital Group||0||5||1||0||2.17|
Ameriprise Financial Services presently has a consensus price target of $152.60, indicating a potential downside of 3.59%. Oaktree Capital Group has a consensus price target of $49.50, indicating a potential upside of 16.75%. Given Oaktree Capital Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Oaktree Capital Group is more favorable than Ameriprise Financial Services.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Ameriprise Financial Services and Oaktree Capital Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||NetIncome||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Ameriprise Financial Services||$11.70 billion||2.00||$1.31 billion||$10.72||14.76|
|Oaktree Capital Group||$1.13 billion||5.88||$194.70 million||$4.35||9.75|
Ameriprise Financial Services has higher revenue and earnings than Oaktree Capital Group. Oaktree Capital Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ameriprise Financial Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
80.9% of Ameriprise Financial Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.1% of Oaktree Capital Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Ameriprise Financial Services shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Ameriprise Financial Services pays an annual dividend of $3.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Oaktree Capital Group pays an annual dividend of $2.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. Ameriprise Financial Services pays out 31.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Oaktree Capital Group pays out 51.5% 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. Ameriprise Financial Services has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.
Volatility & Risk
Ameriprise Financial Services has a beta of 1.92, indicating that its share price is 92% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Oaktree Capital Group has a beta of 0.61, indicating that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Ameriprise Financial Services beats Oaktree Capital Group on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
Ameriprise Financial Services Company Profile
Ameriprise Financial, Inc. is a financial services company that offers financial solutions to individual and institutional clients. The Company operates in five segments: Advice & Wealth Management; Asset Management; Annuities; Protection, and Corporate & Other. The Company uses Ameriprise Financial as its enterprise brand, as well as the name of its advisor network and certain of its retail products and services. The retail products and services that use the Ameriprise Financial brand include those that it provides through its advisors (financial planning, investment advisory accounts and retail brokerage services) and products and services that the Company markets directly to consumers or through affinity groups (personal auto and home insurance). The Company uses its RiverSource brand for its annuity and protection products issued by the RiverSource Life companies, including its life and disability income insurance products.
Oaktree Capital Group Company Profile
Oaktree Capital Group, LLC (Oaktree) is an investment manager specializing in alternative investments. The Company operates through investment management segment, which consists of the investment management services that the Company provides to its clients. The Company manages investments in a range of strategies within approximately six asset classes, which include corporate debt, convertible securities, distressed debt, control investing, real estate and listed equities. The Funds managed by Oaktree include commingled funds, separate accounts and collateralized loan obligation vehicles (CLOs). The commingled funds include open-end and closed-end limited partnerships in which it makes an investment and for which it serves as the general partner. CLOs are structured finance vehicles in which the Company typically makes an investment and for which it serves as collateral manager. Its clientele includes the United States pension plans and corporations and/or their pension funds.
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