Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ: NTRS) and Oaktree Capital Group (NYSE:OAK) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Northern Trust Corporation has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Oaktree Capital Group has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Northern Trust Corporation and Oaktree Capital Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Northern Trust Corporation $5.09 billion 4.26 $1.03 billion $4.52 21.01
Oaktree Capital Group $1.51 billion 2.01 $497.59 million $4.57 10.37

Northern Trust Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Oaktree Capital Group. Oaktree Capital Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Northern Trust Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Northern Trust Corporation and Oaktree Capital Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Northern Trust Corporation 20.27% 12.33% 0.89%
Oaktree Capital Group 19.17% 20.11% 4.95%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.9% of Northern Trust Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.8% of Oaktree Capital Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Northern Trust Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Northern Trust Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Oaktree Capital Group pays an annual dividend of $5.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.1%. Northern Trust Corporation pays out 37.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Oaktree Capital Group pays out 114.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Northern Trust Corporation and Oaktree Capital Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Northern Trust Corporation 1 7 3 1 2.33
Oaktree Capital Group 0 5 1 0 2.17

Northern Trust Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $95.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.02%. Oaktree Capital Group has a consensus target price of $49.50, indicating a potential upside of 4.43%. Given Oaktree Capital Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Oaktree Capital Group is more favorable than Northern Trust Corporation.

Summary

Northern Trust Corporation beats Oaktree Capital Group on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Northern Trust Corporation Company Profile

Northern Trust Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families and individuals across the world. Its segments include Corporate & Institutional Services (C&IS), Wealth Management, and Treasury and Other. The C&IS segment is a provider of asset servicing and related services to corporate and public retirement funds, foundations, endowments, fund managers, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors around the globe. The Wealth Management segment provides trust, investment management, custody and philanthropic services; financial consulting; guardianship and estate administration; family business consulting; family financial education; brokerage services, and private and business banking. It conducts its business through various subsidiaries.

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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