Cohen & Steers (NYSE: CNS) is one of 56 public companies in the “Investment Management” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Cohen & Steers to related businesses based off the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Cohen & Steers has a beta of 1.55, indicating that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cohen & Steers’ rivals have a beta of 1.41, indicating that their average stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Cohen & Steers and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cohen & Steers 26.34% 33.17% 26.42%
Cohen & Steers Competitors 29.67% 112.34% 29.59%


Cohen & Steers pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Cohen & Steers pays out 54.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Investment Management” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.8% and pay out 66.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Cohen & Steers has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

45.4% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.0% of shares of all “Investment Management” companies are owned by institutional investors. 52.9% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.8% of shares of all “Investment Management” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cohen & Steers and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cohen & Steers $366.32 million $150.50 million 18.20
Cohen & Steers Competitors $862.41 million $243.32 million -7.90

Cohen & Steers’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Cohen & Steers. Cohen & Steers is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Cohen & Steers and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cohen & Steers 1 2 1 0 2.00
Cohen & Steers Competitors 661 2022 1951 37 2.29

Cohen & Steers presently has a consensus price target of $44.33, indicating a potential upside of 18.25%. All “Investment Management” companies have a potential upside of 0.49%. Given Cohen & Steers’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cohen & Steers is more favorable than its rivals.


Cohen & Steers rivals beat Cohen & Steers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Cohen & Steers

Cohen & Steers, Inc. (CNS) is a holding company. The Company is an investment manager with a focus on liquid real assets, including real estate securities, listed infrastructure, commodities and natural resource equities, as well as preferred securities and other income solutions. The Company serves institutional and individual investors. The Company manages three types of investment vehicles: institutional accounts, open-end funds and closed-end funds. The Company also provides services in connection with model-based strategies (MBS) accounts. In addition, the Company provides several services in connection with assets held by unit investment trusts (UITs). As a portfolio consultant to a number of UITs, the Company constructs a portfolio of securities that suit the investment objective of the UIT. The Company also provides ongoing portfolio monitoring services and provides a license to certain firms to use its name in connection with certain of their investment products.

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