SONY Finl HOLDI/ADR (OTCMKTS:SNYFY) and Metlife (NYSE:MET) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.
This table compares SONY Finl HOLDI/ADR and Metlife’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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SONY Finl HOLDI/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Metlife pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Metlife pays out 37.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Metlife has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Metlife is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
Volatility and Risk
SONY Finl HOLDI/ADR has a beta of 0.87, indicating that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Metlife has a beta of 1.3, indicating that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares SONY Finl HOLDI/ADR and Metlife’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Metlife has higher revenue and earnings than SONY Finl HOLDI/ADR.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
77.3% of Metlife shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Metlife shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for SONY Finl HOLDI/ADR and Metlife, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Metlife has a consensus price target of $54.18, suggesting a potential upside of 19.90%. Given Metlife’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Metlife is more favorable than SONY Finl HOLDI/ADR.
Metlife beats SONY Finl HOLDI/ADR on 13 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
About SONY Finl HOLDI/ADR
Sony Financial Holdings Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services in Japan and internationally. The company operates in life insurance, non-life insurance, and banking businesses. Its insurance products include death-protection, medical, educational endowment, living benefit, and other insurance products; and non-life insurance products comprise automobile, medical, and cancer insurance products, as well as reinsurance services. The company's banking business provides Yen and foreign currency deposits, and mortgage loans, as well as investment trust, foreign currency margin trading, and other services; and credit card settlement services, as well as plans, develops, and operates nursing care homes. It provides its products through lifeplanner sales employees and independent agencies, as well as through Internet and telephone. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Sony Financial Holdings Inc. is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation.
MetLife, Inc. engages in the insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management businesses. It operates through five segments: U.S.; Asia; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and MetLife Holdings. The company offers life, dental, group short- and long-term disability, individual disability, accidental death and dismemberment, vision, and accident and health coverages, as well as prepaid legal plans; administrative services-only arrangements to employers; and stable value products, including general and separate account guaranteed interest contracts, and private floating rate funding agreements. It also provides pension risk transfers, institutional income annuities, tort settlements, and capital markets investment products; and other products and services, such as life insurance products and funding agreements for funding postretirement benefits, as well as company, bank, or trust-owned life insurance used to finance nonqualified benefit programs for executives. In addition, the company offers automobile, homeowners', and personal excess liability, as well as small business owners' property, liability, and business interruption insurance products. Further, it provides fixed annuities and pension products; medical and credit insurance products; variable, universal, term, endowment, and whole life insurance products; variable, and fixed and indexed-linked annuities; and protection against costs of long-term health care services. MetLife, Inc. has a strategic alliance with Ernst & Young LLP. The company serves individuals, corporations and their employees, and other institutions through independent agents, property and casualty specialists, sales forces, sales teams and relationship managers, and other organizations, as well as through career agency, bancassurance, direct marketing, brokerage, and other third-party distribution and e-commerce channels. MetLife, Inc. was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
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