U.S. Global Investors (NASDAQ:GROW) and Cohen & Steers (NYSE:CNS) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares U.S. Global Investors and Cohen & Steers’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
U.S. Global Investors $6.26 million 3.29 $640,000.00 N/A N/A
Cohen & Steers $378.19 million 4.70 $91.93 million $2.07 18.35

Cohen & Steers has higher revenue and earnings than U.S. Global Investors.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for U.S. Global Investors and Cohen & Steers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
U.S. Global Investors 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cohen & Steers 1 1 1 0 2.00

Cohen & Steers has a consensus target price of $43.67, suggesting a potential upside of 14.61%. Given Cohen & Steers’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cohen & Steers is more favorable than U.S. Global Investors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

23.4% of U.S. Global Investors shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.2% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by institutional investors. 51.2% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by 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.

Risk & Volatility

U.S. Global Investors has a beta of 0.78, indicating that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cohen & Steers has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares U.S. Global Investors and Cohen & Steers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
U.S. Global Investors -29.56% -5.84% -5.26%
Cohen & Steers 28.13% 38.16% 25.48%

Dividends

U.S. Global Investors pays an annual dividend of $0.03 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Cohen & Steers pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Cohen & Steers pays out 63.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cohen & Steers has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Cohen & Steers is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Cohen & Steers beats U.S. Global Investors on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About U.S. Global Investors

U.S. Global Investors, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to investment companies. It also provides its services to pooled investment vehicles. The firm manages equity and fixed income mutual funds for its clients. It also manages hedge funds. The firm also manages exchange traded funds. It invests in the public equity and fixed income markets across the globe. It invests in G.A.R.P. and value stocks to make its equity investments. The firm employs a fundamental and quantitative analysis with top-down and bottom-up stock picking approach to make its investments. U.S. Global Investors, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in San Antonio, Texas.

About Cohen & Steers

Cohen & Steers, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the firm provides its services to institutional investors, including pension funds, endowments, and foundations. It manages separate client-focused equity, fixed income, multi-asset, and commodity portfolios through its subsidiaries. The firm launches and manages equity, fixed income, balanced, and multi-asset mutual funds through its subsidiaries. Through its subsidiaries, it also launches and manages hedge funds. The firm invests in public equity, fixed income, and commodity markets across the globe through its subsidiaries. Through its subsidiaries, it invests in companies operating in the real estate sector, including real estate investment trusts, infrastructure sector, and natural energy resources sector for its equity and fixed income investments. The firm also invests in preferred securities for its fixed income investments through its subsidiaries. Cohen & Steers, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is based in New York, with additional offices in London, United Kingdom; Central, Hong Kong; Tokyo, Japan; and Seattle, Washington.

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