Evercore (NYSE: EVR) and Nomura Holdings Inc ADR (NYSE:NMR) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Evercore and Nomura Holdings Inc ADR’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Evercore $1.46 billion 2.14 $107.52 million C$4.19 19.28
Nomura Holdings Inc ADR $12.98 billion 1.71 $2.23 billion $0.60 9.70

Nomura Holdings Inc ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Evercore. Nomura Holdings Inc ADR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Evercore, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.4% of Evercore shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.6% of Nomura Holdings Inc ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.0% of Evercore shares are owned 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.

Volatility & Risk

Evercore has a beta of 1.91, meaning that its stock price is 91% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nomura Holdings Inc ADR has a beta of 1.6, meaning that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Evercore pays an annual dividend of C$1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Nomura Holdings Inc ADR does not pay a dividend. Evercore pays out 32.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Nomura Holdings Inc ADR has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Evercore and Nomura Holdings Inc ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Evercore 11.60% 33.06% 16.21%
Nomura Holdings Inc ADR 14.58% 8.23% 0.54%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Evercore and Nomura Holdings Inc ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Evercore 0 6 2 0 2.25
Nomura Holdings Inc ADR 0 2 1 0 2.33

Evercore currently has a consensus price target of C$79.67, suggesting a potential downside of 1.40%. Given Evercore’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Evercore is more favorable than Nomura Holdings Inc ADR.

Summary

Evercore beats Nomura Holdings Inc ADR on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Evercore Company Profile

Evercore Inc., formerly Evercore Partners Inc., is a global independent investment banking advisory company. The Company advises a diverse set of investment banking clients on a wide range of transactions and issues and provides institutional investors with high quality equity research, sales and trading execution that is free of the conflicts created by proprietary activities. The Firm also offers investment management services to high net worth and institutional investors. The Company has 28 offices and affiliate offices in North America, Europe, South America and Asia and has the scale and strength to serve clients globally through a focused and tailored approach designed to meet their unique needs.

Nomura Holdings Inc ADR Company Profile

Nomura Holdings, Inc. (Nomura) is a financial services company. The Company, through its broker-dealer, banking and other financial services subsidiaries, provide investment, financing and related services to individual, institutional and government clients across the world. The Company’s segments include Retail, Asset Management and Wholesale. Its clients include individuals, corporations, financial institutions, governments and governmental agencies. The Company’s Retail segment provides investment consultation services to individual clients in Japan. The Company’s Asset Management segment develops and manages investment trusts, and provides investment advisory services. The Company’s Wholesale segment is engaged in the sales and trading of debt and equity securities, derivatives, and currencies on a global basis, and provides investment banking services, such as the underwriting of debt and equity securities, as well as mergers and acquisitions and financial advice.

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