Walter Investment Management Corp. (NYSE: WAC) is one of 26 public companies in the “Retail & Mortgage Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Walter Investment Management Corp. to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Walter Investment Management Corp. and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Walter Investment Management Corp. $947.12 million N/A -0.08
Walter Investment Management Corp. Competitors $678.45 million $169.32 million 12.10

Walter Investment Management Corp. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Walter Investment Management Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Walter Investment Management Corp. and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Walter Investment Management Corp. 1 1 0 0 1.50
Walter Investment Management Corp. Competitors 108 454 488 12 2.38

Walter Investment Management Corp. currently has a consensus price target of $1.13, suggesting a potential upside of 130.06%. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies have a potential upside of 24.62%. Given Walter Investment Management Corp.’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Walter Investment Management Corp. is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Walter Investment Management Corp. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Walter Investment Management Corp. -18.10% -796.24% -0.52%
Walter Investment Management Corp. Competitors 14.79% -27.48% 0.87%

Risk & Volatility

Walter Investment Management Corp. has a beta of 0.58, suggesting that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Walter Investment Management Corp.’s competitors have a beta of 0.83, suggesting that their average share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.5% of Walter Investment Management Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.5% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 46.6% of Walter Investment Management Corp. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Walter Investment Management Corp. competitors beat Walter Investment Management Corp. on 7 of the 11 factors compared.

Walter Investment Management Corp. Company Profile

Walter Investment Management Corp. is a diversified mortgage banking firm focused primarily on the servicing and origination of residential loans, including reverse loans. The Company operates through three segments: Servicing, Originations and Reverse Mortgage. The Servicing segment consists of operations that perform servicing for third-party credit owners of mortgage loans, as well as its own mortgage loan portfolio. The Servicing segment also includes Insurance, and Loans and Residuals businesses. The Originations segment consists of operations that originate and purchase mortgage loans that are intended for sale to third parties. The Reverse Mortgage segment consists of operations which purchases and originates home equity conversion mortgage that are securitized, but remain on the consolidated balance sheet as collateral for secured borrowings.

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