Cohen & Steers (NYSE: CNS) is one of 57 publicly-traded companies in the “Investment Management” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Cohen & Steers to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Cohen & Steers and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cohen & Steers 1 2 1 0 2.00
Cohen & Steers Competitors 661 2031 1956 37 2.29

Cohen & Steers currently has a consensus target price of $44.33, suggesting a potential upside of 17.81%. As a group, “Investment Management” companies have a potential downside of 1.00%. Given Cohen & Steers’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cohen & Steers is more favorable than its peers.

Dividends

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 3.7% and pay out 66.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Cohen & Steers has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cohen & Steers $366.32 million $150.50 million 18.27
Cohen & Steers Competitors $835.74 million $236.68 million -10.82

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

Profitability

This table compares Cohen & Steers and its peers’ 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 30.21% 110.12% 29.14%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

45.4% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.0% 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 endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Cohen & Steers peers 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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