Franklin Resources (BEN) versus MAN Grp PLC/ADR (MNGPY) Head-To-Head Comparison

Franklin Resources (NYSE: BEN) and MAN Grp PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:MNGPY) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Franklin Resources and MAN Grp PLC/ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Franklin Resources 3 7 0 0 1.70
MAN Grp PLC/ADR 0 1 1 0 2.50

Franklin Resources presently has a consensus target price of $39.50, indicating a potential upside of 21.58%. Given Franklin Resources’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Franklin Resources is more favorable than MAN Grp PLC/ADR.

Profitability

This table compares Franklin Resources and MAN Grp PLC/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Franklin Resources 10.76% 14.66% 9.97%
MAN Grp PLC/ADR N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Franklin Resources and MAN Grp PLC/ADR’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Franklin Resources $6.39 billion 2.75 $1.70 billion $3.01 10.79
MAN Grp PLC/ADR $1.07 billion 3.36 $255.00 million $0.20 11.10

Franklin Resources has higher revenue and earnings than MAN Grp PLC/ADR. Franklin Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MAN Grp PLC/ADR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Franklin Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. MAN Grp PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Franklin Resources pays out 30.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. MAN Grp PLC/ADR pays out 50.0% 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. Franklin Resources has raised its dividend for 36 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

46.8% of Franklin Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 22.2% of Franklin Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Franklin Resources has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MAN Grp PLC/ADR has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Franklin Resources beats MAN Grp PLC/ADR on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Franklin Resources

Franklin Resources, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It launches equity, fixed income, balanced, and multi-asset mutual funds through its subsidiaries. The firm invests in the public equity, fixed income, and alternative markets. Franklin Resources, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is based in San Mateo, California with an additional office in Hyderabad, India.

About MAN Grp PLC/ADR

Man Group plc provides alternative investment management services worldwide. The company offers a range of liquid investment products and solutions, which include quantitative and discretionary, long only and long short, and single and multi-manager. It distributes its products and solutions directly to institutions; and to private investors through a network of intermediaries. Man Group plc was founded in 1783 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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