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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. 0 2 3 0 2.60
AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. Competitors 661 2031 1956 37 2.29

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. currently has a consensus target price of $26.33, indicating a potential upside of 10.41%. As a group, “Investment Management” companies have a potential downside of 0.96%. Given AllianceBernstein Holding L.P.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. is more favorable than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. has a beta of 1.52, meaning that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AllianceBernstein Holding L.P.’s peers have a beta of 1.41, meaning that their average stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. 6.74% 13.28% 13.28%
AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. Competitors 30.21% 110.12% 29.14%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. $232.17 million N/A 10.94
AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. Competitors $835.74 million $236.68 million -10.82

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P.’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than AllianceBernstein Holding L.P.. AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.4% of AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.0% of shares of all “Investment Management” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 26.8% of shares of all “Investment Management” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. pays an annual dividend of $1.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.2%. AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. pays out 89.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. 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.

Summary

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. peers beat AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

About AllianceBernstein Holding L.P.

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. is engaged in providing research, investment management and related services to a range of clients through its three buy-side distribution channels: Institutions, Retail and Private Wealth Management, and its sell-side business, Bernstein Research Services. The Company offers a range of investment services, including equity strategies, with global and regional portfolios across capitalization ranges and investment strategies, including value, growth and equities; traditional and unconstrained fixed income strategies, including taxable and tax-exempt strategies; passive management, including index and enhanced index strategies; alternative investments, including hedge funds, fund of funds and private equity, and multi-asset solutions and services, including dynamic asset allocation, customized target-date funds and target-risk funds. The Company’s services span various investment disciplines, including market capitalization, term and geographic locations.

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