Athene (NYSE:ATH) and SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR (OTCMKTS:SNYFY) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Athene and SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Athene $6.54 billion 1.28 $1.05 billion $5.82 7.32
SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR $12.97 billion 0.69 $467.05 million N/A N/A

Athene has higher earnings, but lower revenue than SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Athene and SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Athene 0 2 8 0 2.80
SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Athene presently has a consensus target price of $56.65, indicating a potential upside of 32.88%. Given Athene’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Athene is more favorable than SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR.

Profitability

This table compares Athene and SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Athene 14.36% 13.32% 0.98%
SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR 3.91% 8.28% 0.41%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.1% of Athene shares are held by institutional investors. 8.5% of Athene shares are held 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.

Volatility and Risk

Athene has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Athene beats SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Athene Company Profile

Athene Holding Ltd., a retirement services company, issues, reinsures, and acquires retirement savings products in the United States and Bermuda. It offers fixed deferred, immediate, and payout annuities; and funding agreements and pension risk transfer products to institutional investors. The company's products are designed for individuals and institutions seeking to fund retirement needs. Athene Holding Ltd. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in Pembroke, Bermuda.

SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR Company Profile

Sony Financial Holdings Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services in Japan and internationally. The company operates in life insurance, non-life insurance, and banking businesses. Its insurance products include death-protection, medical, educational endowment, living benefit, and other insurance products; and non-life insurance products comprise automobile, medical, and cancer insurance products, as well as reinsurance services. The company's banking business provides Yen and foreign currency deposits, and mortgage loans, as well as investment trust, foreign currency margin trading, and other services; and credit card settlement services, as well as plans, develops, and operates nursing care homes. It provides its products through lifeplanner sales employees and independent agencies, as well as through Internet and telephone. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Sony Financial Holdings Inc. is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

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