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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Cohen & Steers and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cohen & Steers 1 2 1 0 2.00
Cohen & Steers Competitors 661 2032 1956 38 2.29

Cohen & Steers presently has a consensus target price of $44.33, indicating a potential upside of 18.06%. As a group, “Investment Management” companies have a potential downside of 0.16%. Given Cohen & Steers’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cohen & Steers is more favorable than its rivals.

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’ rivals have a beta of 1.41, meaning that their average stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

45.4% of Cohen & Steers shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.0% of shares of all “Investment Management” companies are held by institutional investors. 52.9% of Cohen & Steers 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 endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

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 raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cohen & Steers $366.32 million $150.50 million 18.23
Cohen & Steers Competitors $835.74 million $236.68 million -9.62

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 more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

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 30.22% 110.08% 29.13%

Summary

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

Cohen & Steers Company Profile

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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