Gamco Investors (NYSE: GBL) is one of 52 publicly-traded companies in the “Investment Management & Fund Operators” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Gamco Investors to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Gamco Investors has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gamco Investors’ competitors have a beta of 1.38, meaning that their average share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Gamco Investors pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Gamco Investors pays out 2.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.4% and pay out 44.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Gamco Investors has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Gamco Investors and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gamco Investors 0 0 0 0 N/A
Gamco Investors Competitors 292 1772 1893 58 2.43

As a group, “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies have a potential upside of 8.08%. Given Gamco Investors’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Gamco Investors has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gamco Investors 26.81% -63.12% 45.24%
Gamco Investors Competitors -243.20% 0.92% 5.22%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gamco Investors and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Gamco Investors $353.00 million $117.12 million 8.96
Gamco Investors Competitors $6.06 billion $896.42 million 672.14

Gamco Investors’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Gamco Investors. Gamco Investors is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

25.6% of Gamco Investors shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies are held by institutional investors. 79.0% of Gamco Investors 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, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Gamco Investors competitors beat Gamco Investors on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Gamco Investors

GAMCO Investors, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of investment advisory services to open and closed-end funds, institutional and private wealth management investors principally in the United States. The Company operates through the investment advisory and asset management business segment. It manages assets on a discretionary basis and invests in securities through various investment styles. Its assets under management are organized into three groups: Institutional and Private Wealth Management; Open and Closed-End Funds, and the GAMCO International SICAV (SICAV). The Company provides advisory services to a range of investors, including corporate retirement plans, foundations, endowments and private wealth clients, and also serves as sub-advisor to third-party investment funds, including registered investment companies. As of December 31, 2016, it had provided advisory services to 21 open-end funds, 15 closed-end funds and one exchange traded managed fund.

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