Noah Holdings (NYSE: NOAH) and Goldman Sachs BDC (NYSE:GSBD) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Noah Holdings and Goldman Sachs BDC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Noah Holdings 29.74% 18.40% 11.94%
Goldman Sachs BDC 32.19% 11.34% 6.65%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Noah Holdings and Goldman Sachs BDC, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Noah Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Goldman Sachs BDC 0 4 3 0 2.43

Goldman Sachs BDC has a consensus price target of $22.60, indicating a potential upside of 2.08%. Given Goldman Sachs BDC’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Goldman Sachs BDC is more favorable than Noah Holdings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Noah Holdings and Goldman Sachs BDC’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Noah Holdings $362.03 million 7.35 $92.73 million $1.80 26.13
Goldman Sachs BDC $125.11 million 7.10 $40.65 million $1.12 19.77

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

43.4% of Noah Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.6% of Goldman Sachs BDC shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Goldman Sachs BDC shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Goldman Sachs BDC pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.1%. Noah Holdings does not pay a dividend. Goldman Sachs BDC pays out 160.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk and Volatility

Noah Holdings has a beta of 2.6, indicating that its share price is 160% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Goldman Sachs BDC has a beta of 0.84, indicating that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Noah Holdings beats Goldman Sachs BDC on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Goldman Sachs BDC Company Profile

Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. is a closed-end management investment company. The Company is a specialty finance company, which is focused on lending to middle-market companies. The Company’s investment objective is to generate current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation primarily through direct originations of secured debt, including first lien, including first lien, unitranche, including last out portions of such loans, and second lien debt, and unsecured debt, including mezzanine debt, as well as through select equity investments. The Company invests primarily in the United States middle-market companies. The Company invests in illiquid securities, including debt and equity investments, of middle-market companies. As of December 31, 2016, its portfolio included first lien/senior secured debt, first lien/last-out unitranche, second lien/senior secured debt, unsecured debt, preferred stock, common stock, and investment funds and vehicles.

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