Contrasting Gleacher & Company Inc (GLCH) and Interactive Brokers Group (IBKR)

Gleacher & Company Inc (OTCMKTS: GLCH) and Interactive Brokers Group (NASDAQ:IBKR) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Interactive Brokers Group pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Gleacher & Company Inc does not pay a dividend. Interactive Brokers Group pays out 26.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

15.1% of Interactive Brokers Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 29.6% of Gleacher & Company Inc shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Interactive Brokers Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Gleacher & Company Inc and Interactive Brokers Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gleacher & Company Inc 0 0 0 0 N/A
Interactive Brokers Group 2 3 3 0 2.13

Interactive Brokers Group has a consensus target price of $65.43, indicating a potential downside of 1.52%. Given Interactive Brokers Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Interactive Brokers Group is more favorable than Gleacher & Company Inc.

Profitability

This table compares Gleacher & Company Inc and Interactive Brokers Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gleacher & Company Inc N/A N/A N/A
Interactive Brokers Group 4.58% 2.04% 0.22%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Gleacher & Company Inc and Interactive Brokers Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gleacher & Company Inc N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Interactive Brokers Group $1.93 billion 14.20 $76.00 million $1.53 43.42

Interactive Brokers Group has higher revenue and earnings than Gleacher & Company Inc.

Volatility and Risk

Gleacher & Company Inc has a beta of -0.08, meaning that its share price is 108% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Interactive Brokers Group has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Interactive Brokers Group beats Gleacher & Company Inc on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gleacher & Company Inc Company Profile

Gleacher & Company, Inc. went out of business. The firm provides strategic and financial advisory services to corporate and institutional clients. It operates through Investment Banking, MBS & Rates, and Credit Products segments. It also invests and manages a fund that holds investments in privately held companies; and offers residential mortgage lending. Gleacher & Company, Inc. was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Albany, New York.

Interactive Brokers Group Company Profile

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. operates as an automated electronic broker in approximately 120 electronic exchanges and market centers worldwide. It specializes in executing and clearing trades in securities, futures, foreign exchange instruments, bonds, and mutual funds. The company custodies and services accounts for hedge and mutual funds, registered investment advisors, proprietary trading groups, introducing brokers, and individual investors. It offers custody, prime brokerage, securities, and margin lending services. The company provides electronic execution and clearing services. Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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