Gamco Investors (NYSE: GBL) and State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Dividends

Gamco Investors pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. State Street Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Gamco Investors pays out 2.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. State Street Corporation pays out 28.1% 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. Gamco Investors has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years and State Street Corporation has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. State Street Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Risk & Volatility

Gamco Investors has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, State Street Corporation has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Gamco Investors and State Street Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gamco Investors 0 0 0 0 N/A
State Street Corporation 1 9 3 1 2.29

State Street Corporation has a consensus target price of $92.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.41%. Given State Street Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe State Street Corporation is more favorable than Gamco Investors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

25.4% of Gamco Investors shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.4% of State Street Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 79.0% of Gamco Investors shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of State Street Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gamco Investors and State Street Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gamco Investors $361.19 million 0.82 $181.57 million $3.68 7.84
State Street Corporation $10.63 billion 3.32 $2.02 billion $5.40 17.46

State Street Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Gamco Investors. Gamco Investors is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than State Street Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Gamco Investors and State Street Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gamco Investors 30.81% -54.62% 53.85%
State Street Corporation 19.97% 12.49% 0.95%

Summary

State Street Corporation beats Gamco Investors on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gamco Investors Company Profile

GAMCO Investors, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of investment advisory services to open and closed-end funds, institutional and private wealth management investors principally in the United States. The Company operates through the investment advisory and asset management business segment. It manages assets on a discretionary basis and invests in securities through various investment styles. Its assets under management are organized into three groups: Institutional and Private Wealth Management; Open and Closed-End Funds, and the GAMCO International SICAV (SICAV). The Company provides advisory services to a range of investors, including corporate retirement plans, foundations, endowments and private wealth clients, and also serves as sub-advisor to third-party investment funds, including registered investment companies. As of December 31, 2016, it had provided advisory services to 21 open-end funds, 15 closed-end funds and one exchange traded managed fund.

State Street Corporation Company Profile

State Street Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company operates through two lines of business: Investment Servicing and Investment Management. The Company, through its subsidiary, State Street Bank and Trust Company (State Street Bank), provides a range of financial products and services to institutional investors across the world. Investment servicing line of business performs functions, such as providing institutional investors with clearing, settlement and payment services. The Company operates investment management line of business through State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). SSGA provides a range of investment management, investment research and investment advisory services to corporations, public funds and other investors. Its clients include mutual funds, collective investment funds and other investment pools, corporate and public retirement plans, insurance companies, foundations, endowments and investment managers.

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