Virtu Financial (NASDAQ: VIRT) and Yintech Investment Holdings Limited (NASDAQ:YIN) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Virtu Financial has a beta of 0.32, indicating that its stock price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Yintech Investment Holdings Limited has a beta of -0.74, indicating that its stock price is 174% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Virtu Financial and Yintech Investment Holdings Limited’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Virtu Financial $531.65 million 2.36 $44.41 million $0.51 28.24
Yintech Investment Holdings Limited $506.89 million 2.01 $150.76 million $2.15 6.74

Yintech Investment Holdings Limited has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Virtu Financial. Yintech Investment Holdings Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Virtu Financial, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Virtu Financial and Yintech Investment Holdings Limited, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Virtu Financial 3 3 0 0 1.50
Yintech Investment Holdings Limited 0 0 1 0 3.00

Virtu Financial presently has a consensus target price of $15.17, suggesting a potential upside of 5.32%. Yintech Investment Holdings Limited has a consensus target price of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.45%. Given Virtu Financial’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Virtu Financial is more favorable than Yintech Investment Holdings Limited.

Profitability

This table compares Virtu Financial and Yintech Investment Holdings Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Virtu Financial 3.42% 16.54% 2.24%
Yintech Investment Holdings Limited 30.09% 33.52% 28.50%

Dividends

Virtu Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Yintech Investment Holdings Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Virtu Financial pays out 188.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Yintech Investment Holdings Limited pays out 37.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

22.0% of Virtu Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.6% of Yintech Investment Holdings Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 69.9% of Virtu Financial shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About Virtu Financial

Virtu Financial, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a technology-enabled market maker and liquidity provider to the financial markets across the world. It is engaged in buying or selling a range of securities and other financial instruments and earning small bid/ask spreads across various transactions. It has a single, multi-asset, multi-currency technology platform, through which it provides quotations to buyers and sellers in equities, commodities, currencies, options, fixed income and other securities on exchanges, markets and liquidity pools in various countries around the world. It makes markets in a range of different assets classes, such as Americas Equities; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Equities; Asia Pacific (APAC) Equities; Global Commodities; Global Currencies, and Options, Fixed Income and Other Securities. It makes markets for global banks, brokers and other intermediaries, and indirectly provides services to retail and institutional investors.

About Yintech Investment Holdings Limited

Yintech Investment Holdings Limited is an online provider of spot commodity trading services in China. The Company facilitates the trading by individual customers of silver, gold, and other precious metals and commodities on the Shanghai Gold Exchange, the Tianjin Precious Metals Exchange and the Guangdong Precious Metals Exchange. The Company provides its customers with various services, such as account opening, investor education, market information, research, live discussion boards and real-time customer support. On the Tianjin Precious Metals Exchange and the Guangdong Precious Metals Exchange, the Company serves as counterparty to its customers’ trades. On the Shanghai Gold Exchange, the Company serves as an agent and does not hold principal positions. The Company’s services include investor education, market information provision and research. Its research services include research reports, online lectures, live market commentaries and quantitative analysis.

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