Fortress Investment Group (NYSE: FIG) and Ameriprise Financial Services (NYSE:AMP) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Dividends

Fortress Investment Group pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Ameriprise Financial Services pays an annual dividend of $3.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Fortress Investment Group pays out 24.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ameriprise Financial Services pays out 31.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Ameriprise Financial Services has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Fortress Investment Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Fortress Investment Group and Ameriprise Financial Services, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fortress Investment Group 0 2 0 0 2.00
Ameriprise Financial Services 0 4 4 0 2.50

Fortress Investment Group presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential downside of 23.57%. Ameriprise Financial Services has a consensus target price of $152.60, suggesting a potential downside of 10.16%. Given Ameriprise Financial Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ameriprise Financial Services is more favorable than Fortress Investment Group.

Volatility and Risk

Fortress Investment Group has a beta of 1.89, suggesting that its share price is 89% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ameriprise Financial Services has a beta of 1.92, suggesting that its share price is 92% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

40.2% of Fortress Investment Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.7% of Ameriprise Financial Services shares are held by institutional investors. 45.2% of Fortress Investment Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Ameriprise Financial Services shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Fortress Investment Group and Ameriprise Financial Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fortress Investment Group 15.59% 58.82% 24.52%
Ameriprise Financial Services 14.24% 29.75% 1.31%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Fortress Investment Group and Ameriprise Financial Services’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fortress Investment Group $1.16 billion 2.62 $180.64 million $0.74 10.61
Ameriprise Financial Services $11.70 billion 2.15 $1.31 billion $10.71 15.86

Ameriprise Financial Services has higher revenue and earnings than Fortress Investment Group. Fortress Investment Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ameriprise Financial Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Ameriprise Financial Services beats Fortress Investment Group on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fortress Investment Group

Fortress Investment Group LLC (Fortress) is an investment management firm. The Company operates through segments, including private equity funds, permanent capital vehicles, credit hedge funds, credit PE funds, liquid hedge funds and Logan Circle. Its business is to sponsor the formation of, and provide investment management services for, various investment funds, permanent capital vehicles and related managed accounts (the Fortress Funds). Fortress’s sources of income from the Fortress Funds are management fees, incentive income and investment income on its investments in the funds. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s private equity business manages approximately $13.5 billion of assets under management (AUM); credit funds business manages approximately $18.1 billion of AUM; liquid hedge funds business manages over $4.6 billion of AUM, and Logan Circle business manages approximately $33.4 billion of AUM.

About Ameriprise Financial Services

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. is a financial services company that offers financial solutions to individual and institutional clients. The Company operates in five segments: Advice & Wealth Management; Asset Management; Annuities; Protection, and Corporate & Other. The Company uses Ameriprise Financial as its enterprise brand, as well as the name of its advisor network and certain of its retail products and services. The retail products and services that use the Ameriprise Financial brand include those that it provides through its advisors (financial planning, investment advisory accounts and retail brokerage services) and products and services that the Company markets directly to consumers or through affinity groups (personal auto and home insurance). The Company uses its RiverSource brand for its annuity and protection products issued by the RiverSource Life companies, including its life and disability income insurance products.

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