Siebert Financial (NASDAQ:SIEB) and Associated Capital Group (NYSE:AC) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Siebert Financial and Associated Capital Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Siebert Financial $13.11 million 22.62 $2.15 million N/A N/A
Associated Capital Group $26.92 million 35.39 $8.83 million N/A N/A

Associated Capital Group has higher revenue and earnings than Siebert Financial.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Siebert Financial and Associated Capital Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Siebert Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A
Associated Capital Group 0 1 1 0 2.50

Associated Capital Group has a consensus price target of $40.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.12%. Given Associated Capital Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Associated Capital Group is more favorable than Siebert Financial.

Dividends

Associated Capital Group pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Siebert Financial does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Siebert Financial and Associated Capital Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Siebert Financial 25.77% 90.11% 75.71%
Associated Capital Group -7.70% -0.22% -0.20%

Volatility & Risk

Siebert Financial has a beta of -0.22, indicating that its share price is 122% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Associated Capital Group has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

3.8% of Siebert Financial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.2% of Associated Capital Group shares are held by institutional investors. 67.9% of Siebert Financial shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 82.2% of Associated Capital Group shares are held 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

Associated Capital Group beats Siebert Financial on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Siebert Financial Company Profile

Siebert Financial Corp., through its subsidiaries, engages in the retail discount brokerage and investment advisory businesses. The company offers online and traditional brokerage, and related services to retail investors through a broker on the telephone, a wireless device, or through the Internet; various value added services, such as access to account information; independent retail execution services; and retail customer services. It also acts as an agent on various transactions for its self-directed retirement accounts, as well as lends customers a portion of the market value of certain securities held in the customer's account. In addition, the company provides custodial services; and data technology platform that offers services, such as email and messaging, market data systems and third party trading systems, business productivity tools, and customer relationship management systems. It maintains 10 retail discount brokerage offices. The company was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Associated Capital Group Company Profile

Associated Capital Group, Inc. provides investment advisory and asset management services in the United States. It offers alternative investment management, institutional research, and underwriting services. The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Rye, New York.

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