Ellington Financial (NYSE: EFC) is one of 26 public companies in the “Retail & Mortgage Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Ellington Financial to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Dividends

Ellington Financial pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.5%. Ellington Financial pays out 257.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 28.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Ellington Financial and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ellington Financial 0 0 2 0 3.00
Ellington Financial Competitors 108 444 478 12 2.38

Ellington Financial presently has a consensus price target of $18.75, indicating a potential upside of 19.66%. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies have a potential upside of 27.52%. Given Ellington Financial’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ellington Financial has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Ellington Financial and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ellington Financial 26.67% 5.48% 1.32%
Ellington Financial Competitors 14.79% -27.48% 0.87%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ellington Financial and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ellington Financial $69.62 million N/A 22.39
Ellington Financial Competitors $678.45 million $169.32 million 12.28

Ellington Financial’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Ellington Financial. Ellington Financial is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Ellington Financial has a beta of 0.43, indicating that its stock price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ellington Financial’s peers have a beta of 0.83, indicating that their average stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.5% of Ellington Financial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.7% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.6% of Ellington Financial shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.9% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Ellington Financial Company Profile

Ellington Financial LLC is a specialty finance company that acquires and manages mortgage-related and other financial assets. The Company’s targeted assets include residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), backed by loans for which the principal and interest payments are not guaranteed by a United States Government agency or a United States Government-sponsored entity, collectively referred to as non-Agency RMBS; RMBS for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by the United States government agency or the United States government-sponsored entity (Agency RMBS); consumer loans and asset-backed securities (ABS) backed by consumer loans; commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate debt; residential mortgage loans; collateralized loan obligations (CLOs); corporate debt and equity, including distressed debt and equity, and mortgage-related derivatives.

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