Prudential Financial (NYSE: PRU) and Prudential Public Limited (NYSE:PUK) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

63.6% of Prudential Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.7% of Prudential Public Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Prudential Financial shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Prudential Financial and Prudential Public Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Prudential Financial 0 7 6 0 2.46
Prudential Public Limited 0 2 3 0 2.60

Prudential Financial presently has a consensus target price of $111.18, indicating a potential upside of 5.68%. Given Prudential Financial’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Prudential Financial is more favorable than Prudential Public Limited.

Profitability

This table compares Prudential Financial and Prudential Public Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Prudential Financial 7.15% 8.98% 0.56%
Prudential Public Limited N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

Prudential Financial has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Prudential Public Limited has a beta of 1.59, indicating that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Prudential Financial and Prudential Public Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Prudential Financial $59.25 billion 0.76 $7.12 billion $8.92 11.79
Prudential Public Limited $104.74 billion 0.58 $6.61 billion N/A N/A

Prudential Financial has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Prudential Public Limited.

Dividends

Prudential Financial pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Prudential Public Limited pays an annual dividend of $1.59 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Prudential Financial pays out 33.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Prudential Financial has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years and Prudential Public Limited has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Prudential Financial beats Prudential Public Limited on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Prudential Financial

Prudential Financial, Inc., is a financial services company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers a range of financial products and services, which includes life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. The Company’s operations consists of four divisions, which together encompass seven segments. The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management division consists of Individual Annuities, Retirement and Asset Management segments. The U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance division consists of Individual Life and Group Insurance segments. The International Insurance division consists of International Insurance segment. The Closed Block division consists of Closed Block segment. The Company has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

About Prudential Public Limited

Prudential Public Limited Company (Prudential) is a United Kingdom-based international financial services company. The Company offers a range of retail financial products and services and asset management services throughout these territories. The Company operates through Insurance operations and Asset management operations. The retail financial products and services include life insurance, pensions and annuities as well as collective investment schemes. The Company’s insurance operations include Asia, the United States (Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson)) and the United Kingdom. The Company’s asset management operations include Eastspring Investments, US broker-dealer and asset management, M&G and Prudential Capital. Eastspring Investments is an asset manager in Asia and provides investment solutions across a range of asset classes.

Receive News & Ratings for Prudential Financial Inc. Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Prudential Financial Inc. and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.