AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. (NYSE: AB) and Cohen & Steers (NYSE:CNS) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Dividends

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. pays an annual dividend of $1.96 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 3.0%. AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. pays out 89.9% 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 54.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cohen & Steers has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. and Cohen & Steers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. 6.74% 13.28% 13.28%
Cohen & Steers 26.34% 33.17% 26.42%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. and Cohen & Steers’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. $232.17 million 9.42 $203.84 million $2.18 10.73
Cohen & Steers $366.32 million 4.74 $150.50 million $2.06 18.20

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Cohen & Steers. AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cohen & Steers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. has a beta of 1.52, meaning that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cohen & Steers has a beta of 1.55, meaning that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. and Cohen & Steers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. 0 2 3 0 2.60
Cohen & Steers 1 2 1 0 2.00

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. presently has a consensus price target of $26.33, indicating a potential upside of 12.54%. Cohen & Steers has a consensus price target of $44.33, indicating a potential upside of 18.25%. Given Cohen & Steers’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cohen & Steers is more favorable than AllianceBernstein Holding L.P..

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.4% of AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.4% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. 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 will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Cohen & Steers beats AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AllianceBernstein Holding L.P.

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. is engaged in providing research, investment management and related services to a range of clients through its three buy-side distribution channels: Institutions, Retail and Private Wealth Management, and its sell-side business, Bernstein Research Services. The Company offers a range of investment services, including equity strategies, with global and regional portfolios across capitalization ranges and investment strategies, including value, growth and equities; traditional and unconstrained fixed income strategies, including taxable and tax-exempt strategies; passive management, including index and enhanced index strategies; alternative investments, including hedge funds, fund of funds and private equity, and multi-asset solutions and services, including dynamic asset allocation, customized target-date funds and target-risk funds. The Company’s services span various investment disciplines, including market capitalization, term and geographic locations.

About Cohen & Steers

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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