Critical Comparison: Jefferies Financial Group (JEF) and Its Peers
Jefferies Financial Group (NYSE: JEF) is one of 34 publicly-traded companies in the “Security brokers & dealers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Jefferies Financial Group to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability and earnings.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Jefferies Financial Group and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Jefferies Financial Group||$5.01 billion||$1.03 billion||23.36|
|Jefferies Financial Group Competitors||$6.39 billion||$1.12 billion||14.71|
This table compares Jefferies Financial Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Jefferies Financial Group||10.07%||6.70%||1.44%|
|Jefferies Financial Group Competitors||10.19%||-73.19%||9.43%|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
80.2% of Jefferies Financial Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of shares of all “Security brokers & dealers” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.0% of Jefferies Financial Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 21.1% of shares of all “Security brokers & dealers” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Jefferies Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Jefferies Financial Group pays out 61.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Security brokers & dealers” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 30.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
Risk and Volatility
Jefferies Financial Group has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jefferies Financial Group’s peers have a beta of 1.05, indicating that their average stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings for Jefferies Financial Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Jefferies Financial Group||0||0||1||0||3.00|
|Jefferies Financial Group Competitors||496||1757||1715||85||2.34|
Jefferies Financial Group currently has a consensus target price of $29.50, suggesting a potential upside of 55.92%. As a group, “Security brokers & dealers” companies have a potential upside of 10.47%. Given Jefferies Financial Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Jefferies Financial Group is more favorable than its peers.
Jefferies Financial Group beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.
Jefferies Financial Group Company Profile
Jefferies Financial Group Inc., a financial services company, engages in investment banking and capital markets, asset management, and direct investing businesses in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. the company also offers equities research, sales, and trading services; equity finance services comprising financing, securities lending, and other prime brokerage services; and wealth management services to high net worth individuals, their families and businesses, private equity and venture funds, and small institutions. In addition, it provides fixed income sales and trading services for investment grade corporate bonds, U.S. and European government and agency securities, municipal bonds, mortgage- and asset-backed securities, leveraged loans, consumer loans, securities, markets debt, interest rate, and credit derivative products, as well as foreign exchange trade execution and securitization capabilities, as well as manages, invests in, and provides services to a group of alternative asset management platforms in investment strategies and asset classes. The company was formerly known as Leucadia National Corporation and changed its name to Jefferies Financial Group Inc. in May 2018. Jefferies Financial Group Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
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