Stifel Financial (NYSE:SF) and Siebert Financial (NASDAQ:SIEB) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Stifel Financial has a beta of 1.87, indicating that its share price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Siebert Financial has a beta of 0.05, indicating that its share price is 95% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Stifel Financial and Siebert Financial’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stifel Financial $3.02 billion 1.32 $393.96 million $5.28 10.69
Siebert Financial $30.04 million 8.09 $11.96 million N/A N/A

Stifel Financial has higher revenue and earnings than Siebert Financial.

Profitability

This table compares Stifel Financial and Siebert Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stifel Financial 13.28% 14.77% 1.86%
Siebert Financial 39.86% 80.72% 71.00%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Stifel Financial and Siebert Financial, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stifel Financial 0 1 5 0 2.83
Siebert Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A

Stifel Financial currently has a consensus price target of $63.80, suggesting a potential upside of 13.00%. Given Stifel Financial’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Stifel Financial is more favorable than Siebert Financial.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.3% of Stifel Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.3% of Siebert Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of Stifel Financial shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 67.9% of Siebert Financial 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.

Dividends

Stifel Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Siebert Financial does not pay a dividend. Stifel Financial pays out 11.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Stifel Financial Company Profile

Stifel Financial Corp., a financial services and bank holding company, provides retail and institutional wealth management, and investment banking services to individual investors, corporations, municipalities, and institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, and Asia. The company operates through three segments: Global Wealth Management, Institutional Group, and Other. It provides private client services, including securities transaction and financial planning services; institutional equity and fixed income sales, trading and research, and municipal finance services; investment banking services, such as mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and private placements; and retail and commercial banking services comprising personal and commercial lending programs, as well as deposit accounts. The company also participates and manages in underwritings for corporate and public finance. Stifel Financial Corp. was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Siebert Financial Company Profile

Siebert Financial Corp., through its subsidiaries, engages in the retail discount brokerage and investment advisory businesses. The company offers online and traditional brokerage, and related services to retail investors through a broker on the telephone, a wireless device, or through the Internet; various value added services, such as access to account information; independent retail execution services; and retail customer services. It also self-directed retirement accounts; and custodial services, as well as lends customers a portion of the market value of certain securities held in the customer's account. In addition, the company provides data technology platform that offers services, such as email and messaging, market data systems and third party trading systems, business productivity tools, and customer relationship management systems. Further, it offers a Robo-Advisor that provides clients with an automated wealth management solution; and various insurance products, such as fixed annuities and property and casualty insurance. Siebert Financial Corp. maintains 12 retail discount brokerage offices. The company was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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