Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE) and Noah Holdings (NYSE:NOAH) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Safeguard Scientifics and Noah Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Safeguard Scientifics N/A N/A -$22.26 million ($4.49) -2.72
Noah Holdings $362.03 million 6.21 $92.73 million $1.73 22.99

Noah Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Safeguard Scientifics. Safeguard Scientifics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Noah Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Safeguard Scientifics has a beta of 1.36, suggesting that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Noah Holdings has a beta of 2.6, suggesting that its stock price is 160% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Safeguard Scientifics and Noah Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Safeguard Scientifics 0 0 0 0 N/A
Noah Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.9% of Safeguard Scientifics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.3% of Noah Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Safeguard Scientifics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Safeguard Scientifics and Noah Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Safeguard Scientifics N/A -68.35% -43.20%
Noah Holdings 29.39% 18.42% 11.94%

Summary

Noah Holdings beats Safeguard Scientifics on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Safeguard Scientifics Company Profile

Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. is engaged in providing capital to technology companies within the fields of healthcare, financial services and digital media. The Company holds interest in companies, which it refers to as partner companies. As of December 31, 2016, the Company held interests in 29 non-consolidated partner companies. The Company offers operational and management support to each of its partner companies. In addition to management and operational support, the Company offers ongoing planning and development assessment. It provides mentoring, advice and guidance to develop partner company management. The Company serves on the boards of directors of its partner companies, working with them to develop and implement strategic and operating plans. It measures and monitors achievement of these plans through regular review of operational and financial performance measurements.

Noah Holdings Company Profile

Noah Holdings Limited is a wealth management service provider with a focus on global wealth investment and asset allocation services for high net worth individuals and enterprises in China. The Company operates through three segments: wealth management, asset management and Internet finance. It also provides Internet finance services to clients in China. It provides direct access to China’s high net worth population. With approximately 1,100 relationship managers in over 130 branch offices, its coverage network includes China’s regions where high net worth population is concentrated, including the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta, the Bohai Rim and other regions. Its product offerings consist primarily of over-the-counter (OTC) wealth management and OTC asset management products, mutual fund products and asset management plans originated in China and designed to cater to the needs of China’s high net worth population.

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