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Bridge Investment Group (NYSE:BRDG) and Artisan Partners Asset Management (NYSE:APAM) Head-to-Head Survey


Bridge Investment Group (NYSE:BRDG – Get Rating) and Artisan Partners Asset Management (NYSE:APAM – Get Rating) are both finance companies, but which is the best investment? We’ll compare the two companies based on valuation strength, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Institutional and insider ownership

65.5% of Bridge Investment Group shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 66.9% of shares in Artisan Partners Asset Management are held by institutional investors. 65.9% of the shares of Bridge Investment Group are held by insiders of the company. By comparison, 19.5% of the shares of Artisan Partners Asset Management are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large money managers, endowments, and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Bridge Investment Group pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.1%. Artisan Partners Asset Management pays an annual dividend of $3.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.5%. Bridge Investment Group pays 21.5% of its profits as a dividend. Artisan Partners Asset Management pays 63.6% of its profits in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings over the next few years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of the current recommendations and price targets for Bridge Investment Group and Artisan Partners Asset Management, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Bridge Investment Group 0 1 4 0 2.80
Craftsman Partners Asset Management 0 3 1 0 2.25

Bridge Investment Group currently has a consensus target price of $21.20, indicating a potential upside of 44.61%. Artisan Partners Asset Management has a consensus target price of $45.70, indicating upside potential of 27.30%. Given Bridge Investment Group’s higher consensus rating and higher likely upside, analysts clearly believe Bridge Investment Group is more favorable than Artisan Partners Asset Management.

Profitability

This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Bridge Investment Group and Artisan Partners Asset Management.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Bridge Investment Group 29.40% 5.41% 3.28%
Craftsman Partners Asset Management 26.65% 146.56% 31.40%

Benefits and evaluation

This table compares the gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation of Bridge Investment Group and Artisan Partners Asset Management.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Bridge Investment Group $330.01 million 1.29 $23.23 million $4.84 3.03
Craftsman Partners Asset Management $1.23 billion 2.31 $336.52 million $4.78 7.51

Artisan Partners Asset Management has higher revenues and profits than Bridge Investment Group. Bridge Investment Group trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Artisan Partners Asset Management, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Artisan Partners Asset Management beats Bridge Investment Group on 8 out of 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bridge Investment Group (Get a rating)

Bridge Investment Group Holdings Inc. is engaged in real estate investment management business in the United States. It manages capital on behalf of around 100 global institutions and 6,500 individual investors through around 25 investment vehicles. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About Artisan Partners Asset Management (Get a rating)

Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. is a public investment management company. It provides its services to pension and profit-sharing plans, trusts, endowments, foundations, charities, government entities, private funds and non-U.S. funds, as well as mutual funds, non-US funds and group trusts. She manages separate client-focused equity and fixed income portfolios. The company invests in public equity and fixed income markets around the world. It invests in growth and value stocks of companies of all market capitalizations. For the bond component of its portfolio, the company invests in lower quality corporate bonds and secured and unsecured loans. It uses fundamental analysis to create its portfolios. Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. was founded in 1994 and is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with additional offices in Atlanta, Georgia; New York City; San Francisco, California; Leawood, Kansas; and London, UK.



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