Silvercrest Asset Management Group (NASDAQ: SAMG) and Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (NYSE:OZM) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Silvercrest Asset Management Group and Och-Ziff Capital Management Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silvercrest Asset Management Group 6.50% 16.32% 10.42%
Och-Ziff Capital Management Group -8.27% -41.72% 9.21%

Risk and Volatility

Silvercrest Asset Management Group has a beta of 1.29, meaning that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.6% of Silvercrest Asset Management Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.4% of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.6% of Silvercrest Asset Management Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 60.3% of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Silvercrest Asset Management Group and Och-Ziff Capital Management Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Silvercrest Asset Management Group $82.95 million 1.33 $18.58 million $0.67 20.37
Och-Ziff Capital Management Group $721.07 million 0.80 -$110.19 million ($0.41) -7.59

Silvercrest Asset Management Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Och-Ziff Capital Management Group. Och-Ziff Capital Management Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Silvercrest Asset Management Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Silvercrest Asset Management Group and Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silvercrest Asset Management Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Och-Ziff Capital Management Group 0 6 1 0 2.14

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group has a consensus target price of $3.50, indicating a potential upside of 12.54%. Given Och-Ziff Capital Management Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Och-Ziff Capital Management Group is more favorable than Silvercrest Asset Management Group.

Dividends

Silvercrest Asset Management Group pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Och-Ziff Capital Management Group pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Silvercrest Asset Management Group pays out 71.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Och-Ziff Capital Management Group pays out -19.5% 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.

Summary

Silvercrest Asset Management Group beats Och-Ziff Capital Management Group on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Silvercrest Asset Management Group

Silvercrest Asset Management Group Inc. (Silvercrest) is a full-service wealth management firm focused on providing financial advisory and related family office services to ultra-high net worth individuals and institutional investors. The Company offers a suite of family office services for families seeking oversight of financial affairs. It advises clients on traditional investment strategies focused on equities, fixed income and cash, as well as non-traditional investment strategies, including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate and commodities. It offers clients an array of investment solutions together with an array of non-proprietary solutions offered by unaffiliated firms selected. Silvercrest’s family office services include financial planning; tax planning and preparation; partnership accounting and fund administration; consolidated wealth reporting; estate or trust agency, and art consultancy and management.

About Och-Ziff Capital Management Group

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (Och-Ziff) is an institutional alternative asset manager. The Company provides asset management services through its funds, which pursue a range of global investment opportunities. The Company operates through two segments: the Och-Ziff Funds and real estate business. The Och-Ziff Funds segment provides asset management services to its multi-strategy funds, credit funds and other alternative investment vehicles. The real estate business segment provides asset management services to its real estate funds and is included within Other Operations. The Company offers customized solutions within and across its product platforms to help its fund investors meet their investment objectives. The Company’s global multi-strategy fund, The OZ Master Fund, allocates capital between its investment strategies in North America, Europe and Asia based on market conditions and investment opportunities.

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