Bridge Investment Group (NYSE:BRDG – Get Rating) and Lazard (NYSE:LAZ – Get Rating) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We’ll compare the two companies based on earnings strength, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, and institutional ownership.
Benefits and evaluation
This table compares the revenue, earnings per share and valuation of Bridge Investment Group and Lazard.
|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||3.02|
|lazard||$3.27 billion||1.00||$528.06 million||$4.93||6.34|
Lazard has higher revenue and profit than Bridge Investment Group. Bridge Investment Group trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lazard, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommendations for Bridge Investment Group and Lazard, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sales Ratings||Hold odds||Buy reviews||Strong buy odds||Rating|
|Bridge Investment Group||0||1||4||0||2.80|
Bridge Investment Group currently has a consensus target price of $21.20, suggesting a potential upside of 43.05%. Lazard has a consensus target price of $45.33, suggesting a potential upside of 44.93%. Given Lazard’s likely higher upside, analysts clearly believe that Lazard is more favorable than Bridge Investment Group.
This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Bridge Investment Group and Lazard.
|Net margins||Return on equity||return on assets|
|Bridge Investment Group||29.40%||5.41%||3.28%|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
65.5% of Bridge Investment Group shares are held by institutional investors. 65.9% of the shares of Bridge Investment Group are held by insiders of the company. By comparison, 3.9% of Lazard shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large fund managers, and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Bridge Investment Group pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.1%. Lazard pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.0%. Bridge Investment Group pays 21.5% of its profits as a dividend. Lazard pays 38.1% of its profits as a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings over the next few years. Bridge Investment Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Bridge Investment Group beats Lazard on 8 out of 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
Bridge Investment Group Company Profile (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.
Lazard Company Profile (Get a rating)
Lazard Ltd, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial advisory and asset management company in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Central and South America. It operates in two segments, Financial Advisory and Asset Management. The Financial Advisory segment offers various financial advisory services relating to mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, capital advisory, shareholder advisory, capital raising, sovereign advisory and other strategic advisory matters. This segment serves corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments, sovereigns and individuals in various industry sectors, including consumer, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences, industrials , energy and infrastructure, real estate, as well as technology, telecommunications, and media and entertainment. The Asset Management segment offers a range of investment solutions and investment and wealth management services in equity and fixed income strategies; asset allocation strategies; and alternative investments and private equity funds to corporations, public funds, sovereign entities, endowments and foundations, labour-sponsored funds, financial intermediaries and private clients. The company was founded in 1848 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.
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