Contrasting Manning & Napier (NYSE:MN) & Ares Management L.P. (ARES)

Manning & Napier (NYSE: MN) and Ares Management L.P. (NYSE:ARES) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Manning & Napier and Ares Management L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manning & Napier 3.41% 34.28% 20.97%
Ares Management L.P. 5.86% 40.94% 7.01%

Dividends

Manning & Napier pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.4%. Ares Management L.P. pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.8%. Manning & Napier pays out 60.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ares Management L.P. pays out 169.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Manning & Napier is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Manning & Napier and Ares Management L.P., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manning & Napier 0 2 0 0 2.00
Ares Management L.P. 0 1 7 0 2.88

Manning & Napier presently has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.26%. Ares Management L.P. has a consensus price target of $21.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.75%. Given Ares Management L.P.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ares Management L.P. is more favorable than Manning & Napier.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

57.0% of Manning & Napier shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.7% of Ares Management L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Manning & Napier shares are owned by 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Manning & Napier and Ares Management L.P.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manning & Napier $229.41 million 0.25 $80.46 million $0.53 7.17
Ares Management L.P. $1.47 billion 2.67 $260.09 million $0.73 25.07

Ares Management L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Manning & Napier. Manning & Napier is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ares Management L.P., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Manning & Napier has a beta of 1.47, meaning that its share price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ares Management L.P. has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Ares Management L.P. beats Manning & Napier on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Manning & Napier

Manning & Napier, Inc. is an independent investment management company. The Company operates through investment management industry segment. It provides a range of investment solutions through separately managed accounts, mutual funds and collective investment trust funds, as well as a range of consultative services. It offers equity, fixed income and alternative strategies, as well as a range of blended asset portfolios, such as life cycle funds. It serves a client base of high net worth individuals and institutions, including 401(k) plans, pension plans, Taft-Hartley plans (Taft-Hartley), endowments and foundations. It offers its investment management capabilities through direct sales to high net worth individuals and institutions, as well as through third-party intermediaries, platforms and institutional investment consultants. Its investment management offerings include approximately 40 separate account composites, and over 60 mutual funds and collective investment trusts.

About Ares Management L.P.

Ares Management, L.P. is an alternative asset manager. The Company offers its investors a range of investment strategies. It operates through three segments: Credit Group, Private Equity Group and Real Estate Group. The Credit Group segment manages credit strategies across the non-investment grade credit universe in the United States and Europe. It offers a range of credit strategies across the liquid and illiquid spectrum, including syndicated loans, high yield bonds, credit opportunities, structured credit investments and the United States and European direct lending. The Credit Group provides solutions for traditional fixed income investors. The Private Equity Group segment categorizes its investment strategies as corporate private equity, the United States power and energy infrastructure and special situations. The Real Estate Group segment manages public and private equity and debt strategies. The Real Estate Group manages both a value-add strategy and an opportunistic strategy.

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