Walter Investment Management Corp. (NYSE: WAC) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail & Mortgage Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Walter Investment Management Corp. to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Walter Investment Management Corp. and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Walter Investment Management Corp. 1 1 0 0 1.50
Walter Investment Management Corp. Competitors 112 463 506 13 2.38

Walter Investment Management Corp. currently has a consensus target price of $1.13, suggesting a potential upside of 155.57%. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies have a potential upside of 22.90%. Given Walter Investment Management Corp.’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Walter Investment Management Corp. is more favorable than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Walter Investment Management Corp. has a beta of 0.78, suggesting that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Walter Investment Management Corp.’s peers have a beta of 0.83, suggesting that their average share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.6% of Walter Investment Management Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.7% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 46.6% of Walter Investment Management Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Walter Investment Management Corp. and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Walter Investment Management Corp. $995.72 million -$833.85 million -0.07
Walter Investment Management Corp. Competitors $422.55 million $4.08 million 222.56

Walter Investment Management Corp. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Walter Investment Management Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Walter Investment Management Corp. and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Walter Investment Management Corp. -22.21% -796.24% -0.69%
Walter Investment Management Corp. Competitors 15.01% -27.60% 0.87%

Summary

Walter Investment Management Corp. peers beat Walter Investment Management Corp. on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Walter Investment Management Corp. Company Profile

Walter Investment Management Corp. is a diversified mortgage banking firm focused primarily on the servicing and origination of residential loans, including reverse loans. The Company operates through three segments: Servicing, Originations and Reverse Mortgage. The Servicing segment consists of operations that perform servicing for third-party credit owners of mortgage loans, as well as its own mortgage loan portfolio. The Servicing segment also includes Insurance, and Loans and Residuals businesses. The Originations segment consists of operations that originate and purchase mortgage loans that are intended for sale to third parties. The Reverse Mortgage segment consists of operations which purchases and originates home equity conversion mortgage that are securitized, but remain on the consolidated balance sheet as collateral for secured borrowings.

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