Financial Comparison: GWG (GWGH) & SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR (SNYFY)

GWG (NASDAQ:GWGH) and SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR (OTCMKTS:SNYFY) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for GWG and SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GWG 0 0 1 0 3.00

GWG currently has a consensus target price of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 63.74%. Given GWG’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe GWG is more favorable than SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR.


SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. GWG does not pay a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.2% of GWG shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.8% of GWG shares are owned 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares GWG and SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GWG $64.13 million 0.80 -$20.63 million $3.16 2.71
SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR $12.97 billion 0.64 $467.05 million N/A N/A

SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than GWG.

Volatility & Risk

GWG has a beta of 0.03, meaning that its share price is 97% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares GWG and SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GWG -41.79% -54.63% 3.44%
SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR 3.91% 8.28% 0.41%


SONY FINL HOLDI/ADR beats GWG on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About GWG

GWG Holdings, Inc. operates as a financial services company. It purchases life insurance policies at a discount to the face value from the secondary market and policy holders, and continue to pay the premiums to collect the policy benefits. The company also owns a portfolio of alternative assets; and develops epigenetic technology solutions for the life insurance industry. In addition, it operates a digital life insurance agency. As of September 30, 2018, the company owns 1,087 life insurance policies. GWG Holdings, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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.

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