Head-To-Head Review: Manning & Napier Fund (MN) versus BrightSphere Investment (BSIG)

Manning & Napier Fund (NYSE: MN) and BrightSphere Investment (NYSE:BSIG) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Dividends

Manning & Napier Fund pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.7%. BrightSphere Investment pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Manning & Napier Fund pays out 80.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. BrightSphere Investment pays out 22.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

53.7% of Manning & Napier Fund shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.9% of BrightSphere Investment shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Manning & Napier Fund shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of BrightSphere Investment shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Manning & Napier Fund and BrightSphere Investment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manning & Napier Fund 1.54% 18.85% 12.41%
BrightSphere Investment 4.26% 156.15% 14.04%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Manning & Napier Fund and BrightSphere Investment, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manning & Napier Fund 0 1 0 0 2.00
BrightSphere Investment 0 1 6 0 2.86

Manning & Napier Fund currently has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 21.21%. BrightSphere Investment has a consensus target price of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 29.70%. Given BrightSphere Investment’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BrightSphere Investment is more favorable than Manning & Napier Fund.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Manning & Napier Fund and BrightSphere Investment’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manning & Napier Fund $201.53 million 0.25 $3.58 million $0.40 8.25
BrightSphere Investment $887.40 million 1.91 $4.20 million $1.62 9.52

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

Summary

BrightSphere Investment beats Manning & Napier Fund on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Manning & Napier Fund

Manning & Napier, Inc. is publicly owned investment manager. It provides its services to net worth individuals and institutions, including 401(k) plans, pension plans, taft-hartley plans, endowments and foundations. The firm manages separate client-focused equity and fixed income portfolios. It invests in the public equity and fixed income markets of the United States. The firm employs fundamental analysis along with a combination of bottom-up and top-down stock picking approach to create its portfolios. Manning & Napier, Inc. was founded in 1970 and is based in Fairport, New York with additional offices in Dublin, Ohio; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Chicago, Illinois.

About BrightSphere Investment

BrightSphere Investment Group plc is a publically owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals and institutions. It manages separate client focused portfolios through its subsidiaries. The firm also launches equity mutual funds for its clients. It invests in public equity, fixed income, and alternative investment markets through its subsidiaries. The firm was founded in 1980 is based Boston, Massachusetts. It was formally known as OM Asset Management plc. BrightSphere Investment Group plc operates as a former subsidiary of Old Mutual Global Investors.

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