Manning & Napier (NYSE: MN) and Medley Management (NASDAQ:MDLY) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Manning & Napier and Medley Management’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manning & Napier $229.41 million 0.25 $80.46 million $0.53 7.12
Medley Management $67.57 million 0.47 $27.69 million N/A N/A

Manning & Napier has higher revenue and earnings than Medley Management.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Manning & Napier and Medley Management, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manning & Napier 0 2 0 0 2.00
Medley Management 0 5 0 0 2.00

Manning & Napier currently has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.96%. Medley Management has a consensus target price of $9.20, suggesting a potential upside of 53.59%. Given Medley Management’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Medley Management is more favorable than Manning & Napier.

Profitability

This table compares Manning & Napier and Medley Management’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manning & Napier 3.41% 34.28% 20.97%
Medley Management 33.42% N/A 15.58%

Dividends

Manning & Napier pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.5%. Medley Management does not pay a dividend. Manning & Napier pays out 60.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

57.3% of Manning & Napier shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Manning & Napier shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Manning & Napier beats Medley Management on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Manning & Napier Company Profile

Manning & Napier, Inc. is an independent investment management company. The Company operates through investment management industry segment. It provides a range of investment solutions through separately managed accounts, mutual funds and collective investment trust funds, as well as a range of consultative services. It offers equity, fixed income and alternative strategies, as well as a range of blended asset portfolios, such as life cycle funds. It serves a client base of high net worth individuals and institutions, including 401(k) plans, pension plans, Taft-Hartley plans (Taft-Hartley), endowments and foundations. It offers its investment management capabilities through direct sales to high net worth individuals and institutions, as well as through third-party intermediaries, platforms and institutional investment consultants. Its investment management offerings include approximately 40 separate account composites, and over 60 mutual funds and collective investment trusts.

Medley Management Company Profile

Medley Management Inc. is an asset management firm offering yield solutions to retail and institutional investors. The Company operates in the investment management segment. It is focused on credit-related investment strategies, primarily originating senior secured loans to private middle market companies in the United States. The Company generally holds these loans to maturity. Its national direct origination franchise provides capital to the middle market in the United States. The Company has over $4.8 billion of assets under management (AUM) in approximately two business development companies (BDCs), Medley Capital Corporation (MCC) and Sierra Income Corporation (SIC), as well as private investment vehicles. It has over $5 billion of AUM. The Company provides capital to over 300 companies across approximately 35 industries in North America. The Company’s long-dated private funds include MOF I, MOF II and MOF III. Its private funds are managed through partnership structures

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