CF Finance Acquisition (NASDAQ:CFFA) and Artisan Partners Asset Management (NYSE:APAM) are both unclassified companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares CF Finance Acquisition and Artisan Partners Asset Management’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CF Finance Acquisition N/A 45.02% 0.77%
Artisan Partners Asset Management 20.41% 177.54% 22.80%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.8% of CF Finance Acquisition shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.6% of Artisan Partners Asset Management shares are owned by institutional investors. 21.7% of CF Finance Acquisition shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of Artisan Partners Asset Management shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

CF Finance Acquisition has a beta of -0.01, indicating that its share price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Artisan Partners Asset Management has a beta of 2.01, indicating that its share price is 101% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CF Finance Acquisition and Artisan Partners Asset Management’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CF Finance Acquisition N/A N/A $4.28 million N/A N/A
Artisan Partners Asset Management $799.00 million 3.85 $156.54 million $2.67 14.64

Artisan Partners Asset Management has higher revenue and earnings than CF Finance Acquisition.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for CF Finance Acquisition and Artisan Partners Asset Management, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CF Finance Acquisition 0 0 0 0 N/A
Artisan Partners Asset Management 0 0 5 0 3.00

Artisan Partners Asset Management has a consensus price target of $40.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2.30%. Given Artisan Partners Asset Management’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Artisan Partners Asset Management is more favorable than CF Finance Acquisition.

Summary

Artisan Partners Asset Management beats CF Finance Acquisition on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CF Finance Acquisition

CF Finance Acquisition Corp. does not have signification operations. It intends to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in New York, New York.

About Artisan Partners Asset Management

Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. is publicly owned investment manager. It provides its services to pension and profit sharing plans, trusts, endowments, foundations, charitable organizations, government entities, private funds and non-U.S. funds, as well as mutual funds, non-U.S. funds and collective trusts. It manages separate client-focused equity and fixed income portfolios. The firm invests in the public equity and fixed income markets across the globe. It invests in growth and value stocks of companies across all market capitalization. For fixed income component of its portfolio the firm invests in non-investment grade corporate bonds and secured and unsecured loans. It employs fundamental analysis to create its portfolios. Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. was founded in 1994 and is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with additional offices in Atlanta, Georgia; New York City; San Francisco, California; Leawood, Kansas; and London, United Kingdom.

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