INTL Fcstone (NASDAQ: INTL) and Federal Agricultural Mortgage (NYSE:AGM.A) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares INTL Fcstone and Federal Agricultural Mortgage’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
INTL Fcstone $29.42 billion 0.03 $6.40 million $0.31 139.84
Federal Agricultural Mortgage N/A N/A N/A $7.43 10.43

INTL Fcstone has higher revenue and earnings than Federal Agricultural Mortgage. Federal Agricultural Mortgage is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than INTL Fcstone, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

INTL Fcstone has a beta of 1.71, suggesting that its share price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Federal Agricultural Mortgage has a beta of 1, suggesting that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for INTL Fcstone and Federal Agricultural Mortgage, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
INTL Fcstone 0 0 0 0 N/A
Federal Agricultural Mortgage 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares INTL Fcstone and Federal Agricultural Mortgage’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
INTL Fcstone 0.02% 1.41% 0.10%
Federal Agricultural Mortgage 20.84% 15.36% 0.50%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.8% of INTL Fcstone shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.5% of INTL Fcstone shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

INTL Fcstone beats Federal Agricultural Mortgage on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About INTL Fcstone

INTL Fcstone Inc. is a financial services company. The Company provides financial products, and advisory and execution service. The Company operates through five segments: Commercial Hedging, Global Payments, Securities, Physical Commodities, and Clearing and Execution Services (CES). The Commercial Hedging segment serves its commercial clients through its team of risk management consultants. The Global Payments segment provides global payment solutions to banks and commercial businesses, as well as charities and non-governmental organizations and government organizations. The Securities segment provides solutions that facilitate cross-border trading. The Physical Commodities segment consists of its physical precious metals trading and physical agricultural and energy commodity businesses. The CES segment seeks to provide clearing and execution of exchange-traded futures and options for the institutional and trader market segments.

About Federal Agricultural Mortgage

Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac) provides a secondary market for a range of loans made to borrowers in rural America. The Company’s segments include Farm & Ranch, USDA Guarantees, Rural Utilities, Institutional Credit and Corporate. Its secondary market activities are purchasing eligible loans directly from lenders; providing advances against eligible loans by purchasing obligations secured by those loans; securitizing assets and guaranteeing the payment of principal and interest on the resulting securities that represent interests in, or obligations secured by, pools of eligible loans; and issuing long-term standby purchase commitments (LTSPCs) for eligible loans. The loans eligible for the secondary market provided by Farmer Mac include mortgage loans secured by first liens on agricultural real estate, including part-time farms and rural housing (comprising the assets eligible for the Farm & Ranch line of business).

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