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

Volatility & Risk

Fortress Investment Group has a beta of 1.89, indicating that its stock price is 89% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ameriprise Financial has a beta of 1.93, indicating that its stock price is 93% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Fortress Investment Group and Ameriprise Financial’s 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 14.24% 29.75% 1.31%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Fortress Investment Group and Ameriprise Financial, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fortress Investment Group 0 1 0 0 2.00
Ameriprise Financial 0 4 4 0 2.50

Ameriprise Financial has a consensus price target of $154.23, indicating a potential downside of 9.11%. Given Ameriprise Financial’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ameriprise Financial is more favorable than Fortress Investment Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

40.0% of Fortress Investment Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.5% of Ameriprise Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. 45.2% of Fortress Investment Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Ameriprise Financial shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Fortress Investment Group pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Ameriprise Financial pays an annual dividend of $3.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Fortress Investment Group pays out 26.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ameriprise Financial 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 has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Fortress Investment Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fortress Investment Group and Ameriprise Financial’s 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 $0.69 11.38
Ameriprise Financial $11.70 billion 2.15 $1.31 billion $10.72 15.83

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

Summary

Ameriprise Financial 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

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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