Manning & Napier (NYSE: MN) is one of 58 publicly-traded companies in the “Investment Management” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Manning & Napier to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Manning & Napier and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manning & Napier 3.41% 34.28% 20.97%
Manning & Napier Competitors 30.83% 108.62% 29.27%

Dividends

Manning & Napier pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.5%. Manning & Napier pays out 60.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Investment Management” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.6% and pay out 66.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Manning & Napier is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

57.0% of Manning & Napier shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.9% of shares of all “Investment Management” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Manning & Napier shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.8% of shares of all “Investment Management” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Manning & Napier and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manning & Napier 0 2 0 0 2.00
Manning & Napier Competitors 663 2040 1966 38 2.29

Manning & Napier presently has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.67%. As a group, “Investment Management” companies have a potential downside of 1.49%. Given Manning & Napier’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Manning & Napier is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Manning & Napier and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Manning & Napier $229.41 million $80.46 million 7.08
Manning & Napier Competitors $817.29 million $231.45 million -9.92

Manning & Napier’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Manning & Napier. Manning & Napier is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Manning & Napier has a beta of 1.45, indicating that its share price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manning & Napier’s peers have a beta of 1.41, indicating that their average share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Manning & Napier peers beat Manning & Napier on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Manning & Napier

Manning & Napier, Inc. is an independent investment management company. The Company operates through investment management industry segment. It provides a range of investment solutions through separately managed accounts, mutual funds and collective investment trust funds, as well as a range of consultative services. It offers equity, fixed income and alternative strategies, as well as a range of blended asset portfolios, such as life cycle funds. It serves a client base of high net worth individuals and institutions, including 401(k) plans, pension plans, Taft-Hartley plans (Taft-Hartley), endowments and foundations. It offers its investment management capabilities through direct sales to high net worth individuals and institutions, as well as through third-party intermediaries, platforms and institutional investment consultants. Its investment management offerings include approximately 40 separate account composites, and over 60 mutual funds and collective investment trusts.

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