Financial Survey: Lazard (LAZ) vs. JMP Group (JMP)
Lazard (NYSE: LAZ) and JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.
This table compares Lazard and JMP Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
72.2% of Lazard shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.0% of JMP Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Lazard shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 52.1% of JMP Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Lazard pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. JMP Group pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.5%. Lazard pays out 46.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. JMP Group pays out -66.7% 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. Lazard has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years and JMP Group has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. JMP Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Lazard and JMP Group, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Lazard presently has a consensus price target of $46.17, indicating a potential upside of 1.78%. Given Lazard’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Lazard is more favorable than JMP Group.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Lazard and JMP Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Lazard||$2.64 billion||2.09||$429.28 million||$3.53||12.85|
|JMP Group||$119.55 million||1.00||-$11.63 million||($0.54)||-10.32|
Lazard has higher revenue and earnings than JMP Group. JMP Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lazard, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk and Volatility
Lazard has a beta of 1.85, indicating that its stock price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, JMP Group has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Lazard beats JMP Group on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Lazard Ltd (Lazard) is a financial advisory and asset management company. The Company operates through two segments: Financial Advisory and Asset Management. It serves a range of clients around the world, including corporations, governments, institutions, partnerships and individuals. The Financial Advisory business segment offers corporate, partnership, institutional, government, sovereign and individual clients across the globe a range of financial advisory services regarding mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other strategic matters, restructurings, capital structure, capital raising and various other financial matters to corporate, partnership, institutional, government, sovereign and individual clients. The Asset Management business provides investment solutions and investment management services in equity and fixed income strategies, alternative investments and private equity funds to corporations, public funds and sovereign entities.
About JMP Group
JMP Group, Inc. is a full-service investment banking and asset management firm. The Company operates in five segments: Broker-Dealer, Asset Management, Corporate Credit, Investment Income and Corporate Costs. The Broker-Dealer segment includes a range of services, such as underwriting and acting as a placement agent for public and private capital markets raising transactions and financial advisory services in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and other strategic transactions. The Asset Management segment includes the management of a range of pooled investment vehicles. The Corporate Credit segment includes the management of collateralized loan obligations and small business loans. The Investment Income segment includes income from the Company’s principal investments in public and private securities. The Corporate Costs segment includes expenses related to JMP Group Inc., the holding company, and JMP Group LLC, and comprises corporate overhead expenses and interest expense.
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