BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) is one of 55 publicly-traded companies in the “Investment Management & Fund Operators” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare BlackRock to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

BlackRock has a beta of 1.72, meaning that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackRock’s competitors have a beta of 1.23, meaning that their average stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.


BlackRock pays an annual dividend of $10.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. BlackRock pays out 48.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.7% and pay out 49.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. BlackRock has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for BlackRock and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BlackRock 0 3 9 0 2.75
BlackRock Competitors 358 1793 1816 63 2.39

BlackRock presently has a consensus price target of $456.82, indicating a potential upside of 1.34%. As a group, “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies have a potential upside of 8.06%. Given BlackRock’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BlackRock has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.5% of BlackRock shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of BlackRock shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies 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.


This table compares BlackRock and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BlackRock 29.92% 11.74% 1.53%
BlackRock Competitors -44.72% 7.65% 5.15%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BlackRock and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
BlackRock $11.52 billion $5.06 billion 21.63
BlackRock Competitors $2.88 billion $924.32 million 7.13

BlackRock has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. BlackRock is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


BlackRock beats its competitors on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About BlackRock

BlackRock, Inc. (BlackRock) is an investment management company. BlackRock provides a range of investment and risk management services to institutional and retail clients worldwide. Its diverse platform of active (alpha) and index (beta) investment strategies across asset classes enables the Company to tailor investment outcomes and asset allocation solutions for clients. Its product offerings include single- and multi-asset portfolios investing in equities, fixed income, alternatives and money market instruments. Its products are offered directly and through intermediaries in a range of vehicles, including open-end and closed-end mutual funds, iShares exchange-traded funds (ETFs), separate accounts, collective investment funds and other pooled investment vehicles. It offers its Aladdin investment system, as well as risk management, outsourcing, advisory and technology services, to institutional investors and wealth management intermediaries under the BlackRock Solutions name.

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