KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) and Hamilton Lane (NASDAQ:HLNE) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares KKR & Co. L.P. and Hamilton Lane’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KKR & Co. L.P. $5.31 billion 1.80 $1.13 billion $2.41 8.45
Hamilton Lane $192.96 million 2.68 $87.34 million N/A N/A

KKR & Co. L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Hamilton Lane.


KKR & Co. L.P. pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Hamilton Lane pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. KKR & Co. L.P. pays out 28.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for KKR & Co. L.P. and Hamilton Lane, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KKR & Co. L.P. 0 3 7 0 2.70
Hamilton Lane 0 4 1 0 2.20

KKR & Co. L.P. presently has a consensus target price of $21.89, suggesting a potential upside of 7.51%. Hamilton Lane has a consensus target price of $23.25, suggesting a potential downside of 13.50%. Given KKR & Co. L.P.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe KKR & Co. L.P. is more favorable than Hamilton Lane.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

65.1% of KKR & Co. L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.2% of Hamilton Lane shares are held by institutional investors. 62.9% of Hamilton Lane shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares KKR & Co. L.P. and Hamilton Lane’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KKR & Co. L.P. 42.48% 11.45% 4.79%
Hamilton Lane N/A N/A N/A


KKR & Co. L.P. beats Hamilton Lane on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About KKR & Co. L.P.

KKR & CO. L.P. (KKR) is a global investment firm that manages investments across multiple asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate, credit and hedge funds. The Company’s business offers a range of investment management services to its fund investors, and provides capital markets services to its firm, its portfolio companies and third parties. The Company conducts its business with offices across the world, providing it with a global platform for sourcing transactions, raising capital and carrying out capital markets activities. The Company operates through four segments: Private Markets, Public Markets, Capital Markets and Principal Activities. It operates and reports its combined credit and hedge funds businesses through the Public Markets segment. The Capital Markets segment consists primarily of its global capital markets business. Through its Principal Activities segment, the Company manages the firm’s assets and deploys capital.

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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