Artisan Partners Asset Management (NYSE: APAM) and Cohen & Steers (NYSE:CNS) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Artisan Partners Asset Management and Cohen & Steers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Artisan Partners Asset Management 1 3 2 0 2.17
Cohen & Steers 1 2 1 0 2.00

Artisan Partners Asset Management presently has a consensus target price of $30.92, suggesting a potential downside of 15.64%. Cohen & Steers has a consensus target price of $43.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.87%. Given Cohen & Steers’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cohen & Steers is more favorable than Artisan Partners Asset Management.

Dividends

Artisan Partners Asset Management pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.5%. Cohen & Steers pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Artisan Partners Asset Management pays out 129.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cohen & Steers pays out 53.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cohen & Steers has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

63.9% of Artisan Partners Asset Management shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.7% of Cohen & Steers shares are held by institutional investors. 30.0% of Artisan Partners Asset Management shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 52.9% of Cohen & Steers shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Artisan Partners Asset Management has a beta of 1.77, meaning that its share price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cohen & Steers has a beta of 1.61, meaning that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Artisan Partners Asset Management and Cohen & Steers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Artisan Partners Asset Management 12.58% 95.09% 12.21%
Cohen & Steers 26.53% 32.82% 25.31%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Artisan Partners Asset Management and Cohen & Steers’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Artisan Partners Asset Management $720.90 million 3.84 $73.02 million $1.85 19.81
Cohen & Steers $349.88 million 5.92 $92.93 million $2.08 21.50

Cohen & Steers has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Artisan Partners Asset Management. Artisan Partners Asset Management is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cohen & Steers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Cohen & Steers beats Artisan Partners Asset Management on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Artisan Partners Asset Management

Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. is an investment management company. The Company provides a range of the United States, non-United States and global investment strategies, each of which is managed by one of its investment teams. The Company provides investment management services to separate accounts, mutual funds and other pooled investment vehicles. The Company offers its investment management services primarily to institutions and through intermediaries that operate with institutional-like decision-making processes and have long-term investment horizons. The Company provides clients with multiple equity investment strategies spanning market capitalization segments and investing styles in both the United States and non-United States markets. The Company also offers one fixed income strategy, the Artisan High Income strategy. Each strategy is managed by one of the investment teams.

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.

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