Cohen & Steers (NYSE: CNS) and Hamilton Lane (NASDAQ:HLNE) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.


Cohen & Steers pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Hamilton Lane pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Cohen & Steers pays out 54.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Hamilton Lane has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cohen & Steers and Hamilton Lane’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cohen & Steers $366.32 million 5.16 $150.50 million $2.06 19.82
Hamilton Lane $192.96 million 2.70 $87.34 million N/A N/A

Cohen & Steers has higher revenue and earnings than Hamilton Lane.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

45.4% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.2% of Hamilton Lane shares are owned by institutional investors. 52.9% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 62.9% of Hamilton Lane 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.


This table compares Cohen & Steers and Hamilton Lane’s 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%
Hamilton Lane N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Cohen & Steers and Hamilton Lane, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cohen & Steers 1 1 1 0 2.00
Hamilton Lane 0 4 1 0 2.20

Cohen & Steers presently has a consensus price target of $45.50, suggesting a potential upside of 11.46%. Hamilton Lane has a consensus price target of $23.25, suggesting a potential downside of 13.89%. Given Cohen & Steers’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cohen & Steers is more favorable than Hamilton Lane.


Cohen & Steers beats Hamilton Lane on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Hamilton Lane

Hamilton Lane Incorporated is a global private markets investment solutions provider. The Company works with its clients to conceive, structure, build out, manage and monitor portfolios of private markets funds and direct investments, and it helps them access a set of such investment opportunities around the world. It offers a range of investment solutions across a range of private markets, including private equity, private credit, real estate, infrastructure, natural resources, growth equity and venture capital. These solutions are constructed from a range of investment types, including primary investments in funds managed by third-party managers, direct/co-investments alongside such funds and acquisitions of secondary stakes in such funds, with a range of its clients utilizing multiple investment types. These solutions are offered in a range of formats covering some or all phases of private markets investment programs, such as Customized Separate Accounts and Specialized Funds.

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