SEI Investments (NASDAQ: SEIC) and Silvercrest Asset Management Group (NASDAQ:SAMG) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for SEI Investments and Silvercrest Asset Management Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SEI Investments 0 2 2 0 2.50
Silvercrest Asset Management Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

SEI Investments currently has a consensus target price of $59.33, indicating a potential upside of 6.29%. Given SEI Investments’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe SEI Investments is more favorable than Silvercrest Asset Management Group.

Risk and Volatility

SEI Investments has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Silvercrest Asset Management Group has a beta of 1.27, meaning that its share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares SEI Investments and Silvercrest Asset Management Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SEI Investments 24.44% 26.60% 22.00%
Silvercrest Asset Management Group 7.38% 17.17% 11.07%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SEI Investments and Silvercrest Asset Management Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SEI Investments $1.46 billion 6.04 $413.26 million $2.20 25.37
Silvercrest Asset Management Group $85.70 million 1.16 $20.23 million $0.78 15.71

SEI Investments has higher revenue and earnings than Silvercrest Asset Management Group. Silvercrest Asset Management Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SEI Investments, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

68.6% of SEI Investments shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.9% of Silvercrest Asset Management Group shares are held by institutional investors. 17.1% of SEI Investments shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of Silvercrest Asset Management Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

SEI Investments pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Silvercrest Asset Management Group pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. SEI Investments pays out 25.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Silvercrest Asset Management Group pays out 61.5% 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. SEI Investments has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Summary

SEI Investments beats Silvercrest Asset Management Group on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SEI Investments

SEI Investments Company provides investment processing, investment management and investment operations solutions. The Company provides its solutions to financial institutions, financial advisors, institutional investors, investment managers and ultra-high-net-worth families in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, continental Europe and various other locations around the world. The Company’s segments are Private Banks, Investment Advisors, Institutional Investors, Investment Managers and Investments in New Businesses. The Company’s investment management business solutions include investment processing outsourcing solutions for providers of institutional and private-client wealth management services, including banks, trust companies, independent wealth advisors and other financial services firms, and investment management solutions for institutional investors, including retirement plan sponsors, not-for-profit organizations and individual investors.

About Silvercrest Asset Management Group

Silvercrest Asset Management Group Inc. (Silvercrest) is a full-service wealth management firm focused on providing financial advisory and related family office services to ultra-high net worth individuals and institutional investors. The Company offers a suite of family office services for families seeking oversight of financial affairs. It advises clients on traditional investment strategies focused on equities, fixed income and cash, as well as non-traditional investment strategies, including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate and commodities. It offers clients an array of investment solutions together with an array of non-proprietary solutions offered by unaffiliated firms selected. Silvercrest’s family office services include financial planning; tax planning and preparation; partnership accounting and fund administration; consolidated wealth reporting; estate or trust agency, and art consultancy and management.

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