Financial Contrast: Legg Mason (LM) and Its Peers
Legg Mason (NYSE: LM) is one of 55 public companies in the “Investment Management & Fund Operators” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Legg Mason to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and profitability.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
82.3% of Legg Mason shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.7% of Legg Mason shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Legg Mason and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Legg Mason Competitors||275||1636||1759||57||2.43|
Legg Mason currently has a consensus price target of $42.75, suggesting a potential upside of 10.35%. As a group, “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies have a potential upside of 3.75%. Given Legg Mason’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Legg Mason is more favorable than its peers.
This table compares Legg Mason and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Legg Mason Competitors||-45.49%||7.49%||4.98%|
Legg Mason pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Legg Mason pays out 46.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.6% and pay out 49.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Legg Mason has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Legg Mason is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Risk & Volatility
Legg Mason has a beta of 2.23, suggesting that its stock price is 123% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Legg Mason’s peers have a beta of 1.23, suggesting that their average stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Legg Mason and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Legg Mason||$2.98 billion||$572.31 million||16.07|
|Legg Mason Competitors||$2.89 billion||$931.92 million||7.35|
Legg Mason has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Legg Mason 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.
Legg Mason beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
About Legg Mason
Legg Mason, Inc. is a holding company. The Company and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in providing asset management and related financial services to individuals, institutions, corporations and municipalities. The Company operates through Global Asset Management segment. Global Asset Management provides investment advisory services to institutional and individual clients and to the Company-sponsored investment funds. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides investment management and related services to institutional and individual clients, Company-sponsored investment funds and retail separately managed account programs. It offers its products and services directly and through various financial intermediaries. It has operations principally in the United States and the United Kingdom and also has offices in Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Dubai, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan.
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