The Carlyle Group L.P. (NASDAQ: CG) and Cohen & Steers (NYSE:CNS) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Dividends

The Carlyle Group L.P. pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. Cohen & Steers pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. The Carlyle Group L.P. pays out 128.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cohen & Steers pays out 54.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cohen & Steers has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

40.7% of The Carlyle Group L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.4% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by institutional investors. 52.9% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares The Carlyle Group L.P. and Cohen & Steers’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Carlyle Group L.P. $3.21 billion 0.68 $894.40 million $1.31 18.36
Cohen & Steers $366.32 million 5.28 $150.50 million $2.06 20.27

The Carlyle Group L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Cohen & Steers. The Carlyle Group L.P. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cohen & Steers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for The Carlyle Group L.P. and Cohen & Steers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Carlyle Group L.P. 0 4 4 0 2.50
Cohen & Steers 1 0 1 0 2.00

The Carlyle Group L.P. currently has a consensus target price of $24.43, suggesting a potential upside of 1.57%. Cohen & Steers has a consensus target price of $46.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.15%. Given Cohen & Steers’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cohen & Steers is more favorable than The Carlyle Group L.P..

Risk & Volatility

The Carlyle Group L.P. has a beta of 1.84, indicating that its share price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cohen & Steers has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares The Carlyle Group L.P. and Cohen & Steers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Carlyle Group L.P. 4.13% 41.32% 7.03%
Cohen & Steers 26.34% 33.17% 26.42%

Summary

Cohen & Steers beats The Carlyle Group L.P. on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About The Carlyle Group L.P.

The Carlyle Group L.P. is a diversified multi-product global alternative asset management firm. The Company operates in four segments: Corporate Private Equity (CPE), Real Assets, Global Market Strategies (GMS) and Investment Solutions. Corporate Private Equity advises its buyout and growth capital funds, which pursue various corporate investments of different sizes and growth potentials. As of December 31, 2016, the Real Assets segment advised its 26 active carry funds focused on real estate, infrastructure and energy and natural resources (including power). As of December 31, 2016, the Global Market Strategies segment advised a group of 57 active funds that pursue investment strategies, including leveraged loans and structured credit, energy mezzanine opportunities, middle market lending and distressed debt. Its Investment Solutions segment provides investment opportunities and resources for its investors and clients.

About Cohen & Steers

Cohen & Steers, Inc. (CNS) is a holding company. The Company is an investment manager with a focus on liquid real assets, including real estate securities, listed infrastructure, commodities and natural resource equities, as well as preferred securities and other income solutions. The Company serves institutional and individual investors. The Company manages three types of investment vehicles: institutional accounts, open-end funds and closed-end funds. The Company also provides services in connection with model-based strategies (MBS) accounts. In addition, the Company provides several services in connection with assets held by unit investment trusts (UITs). As a portfolio consultant to a number of UITs, the Company constructs a portfolio of securities that suit the investment objective of the UIT. The Company also provides ongoing portfolio monitoring services and provides a license to certain firms to use its name in connection with certain of their investment products.

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