Contrasting Stifel (SF) and Its Peers

Stifel (NYSE: SF) is one of 31 public companies in the “Security brokers & dealers” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Stifel to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

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This table compares Stifel and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Stifel $2.93 billion $182.87 million 14.68
Stifel Competitors $5.87 billion $745.79 million 23.95

Stifel’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Stifel. Stifel is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.0% of Stifel shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of shares of all “Security brokers & dealers” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.6% of Stifel shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 21.8% of shares of all “Security brokers & dealers” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Stifel and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stifel 0 1 4 0 2.80
Stifel Competitors 321 1374 1440 67 2.39

Stifel presently has a consensus price target of $70.00, suggesting a potential upside of 19.52%. As a group, “Security brokers & dealers” companies have a potential downside of 0.22%. Given Stifel’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Stifel is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Stifel has a beta of 1.72, meaning that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stifel’s peers have a beta of 8.84, meaning that their average stock price is 784% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Stifel pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Stifel pays out 12.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Security brokers & dealers” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 35.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Stifel and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stifel 6.25% 12.04% 1.62%
Stifel Competitors 5.55% 3.62% 5.12%


Stifel peers beat Stifel on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Stifel

Stifel Financial Corp. is a financial holding company. Its principal subsidiary is Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, a retail and institutional wealth management and investment banking firm. It operates through three segments: Global Wealth Management, Institutional Group and Other. The Global Wealth Management segment consists of the Private Client Group and Stifel Bank businesses. The Institutional Group segment includes research, equity and fixed income institutional sales and trading, investment banking, public finance and syndicate. The Other segment includes interest income from stock borrow activities and interest income. Its principal activities are private client services, including securities transaction and financial planning services; institutional equity and fixed income sales, trading, research and municipal finance; investment banking services, and retail and commercial banking, including personal and commercial lending programs.

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