Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM) and Janus Capital Group (NYSE:JNS) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Brookfield Asset Management and Janus Capital Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brookfield Asset Management 1.70% 0.86% 0.34%
Janus Capital Group 12.54% 7.26% 4.48%

Dividends

Brookfield Asset Management pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Janus Capital Group pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Brookfield Asset Management pays out 124.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Janus Capital Group pays out 57.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Brookfield Asset Management has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years and Janus Capital Group has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Janus Capital Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Brookfield Asset Management and Janus Capital Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brookfield Asset Management $24.41 billion 1.65 $1.65 billion $0.45 93.36
Janus Capital Group N/A N/A N/A $0.76 18.64

Brookfield Asset Management has higher revenue and earnings than Janus Capital Group. Janus Capital Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brookfield Asset Management, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

54.6% of Brookfield Asset Management shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.2% of Janus Capital Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of Janus Capital Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Brookfield Asset Management and Janus Capital Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brookfield Asset Management 0 0 6 0 3.00
Janus Capital Group 1 1 0 0 1.50

Brookfield Asset Management currently has a consensus target price of $47.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.88%. Janus Capital Group has a consensus target price of $13.00, indicating a potential downside of 8.26%. Given Brookfield Asset Management’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Brookfield Asset Management is more favorable than Janus Capital Group.

Summary

Janus Capital Group beats Brookfield Asset Management on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brookfield Asset Management Company Profile

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is an alternative asset manager. The Company operates in eight segments. The Asset Management segment manages its listed partnerships, private funds and public markets on behalf of its clients. The Property segment includes the ownership, operation and development of office, retail and other properties. The Renewable power segment operates and develops hydroelectric, wind power and other generating facilities. The Infrastructure segment includes the ownership, operation and development of utilities and agricultural operations, among others. The Residential development segment includes homebuilding, condominium development and land development. The Service activities segment includes construction management and contracting services and property services. The Private equity segment includes the investments and operations overseen by its private equity group. The Corporate activities segment includes the allocation of capital to its operating platforms.

Janus Capital Group Company Profile

Janus Capital Group Inc. provides investment management, administration, distribution and related services to financial advisors, individuals and institutional clients through mutual funds, separate accounts, other pooled investment vehicles, exchange-traded products (ETPs) and subadvised relationships (collectively referred to as investment products) in both domestic and international markets. The Company operates through investment management business segment. The Company provides investment management solutions across a range of disciplines, including fundamental the United States and global equities (growth and value), mathematical equities, fixed income and alternatives. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s investment products were distributed through three primary channels: intermediary, institutional and self-directed. Each distribution channel focuses on specific investor groups and the requirements of each group.

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