Wright Investors Service (WISH) & Cohen & Steers (CNS) Critical Comparison

Wright Investors Service (OTCMKTS:WISH) and Cohen & Steers (NYSE:CNS) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Wright Investors Service and Cohen & Steers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Wright Investors Service 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cohen & Steers 1 2 0 0 1.67

Cohen & Steers has a consensus price target of $39.67, indicating a potential downside of 17.84%. Given Cohen & Steers’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cohen & Steers is more favorable than Wright Investors Service.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Wright Investors Service and Cohen & Steers’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Wright Investors Service $5.41 million 1.65 -$1.72 million N/A N/A
Cohen & Steers $381.11 million 5.98 $113.90 million $2.40 20.12

Cohen & Steers has higher revenue and earnings than Wright Investors Service.

Dividends

Cohen & Steers pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Wright Investors Service does not pay a dividend. Cohen & Steers pays out 60.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cohen & Steers has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Wright Investors Service and Cohen & Steers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Wright Investors Service N/A -25.51% -23.77%
Cohen & Steers 31.20% 39.63% 24.57%

Volatility & Risk

Wright Investors Service has a beta of 0.61, indicating that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cohen & Steers has a beta of 1.05, indicating that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.2% of Wright Investors Service shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.0% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.5% of Wright Investors Service shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 50.6% of Cohen & Steers shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Cohen & Steers beats Wright Investors Service on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Wright Investors Service

Wright Investors' Service Holdings, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Winthrop Corporation, provides investment management, financial advisory, and investment research services to large and small investors in the United States. The company offers investment management products and services, including equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios for various plan types, such as defined benefit, annuity, self-directed and 401(k), health and welfare, and education and training plans to sponsors, trade unions, endowments, corporations, state and local governments, municipalities, and foundations. It also manages various accounts, such as discretionary investment accounts, individual retirement accounts, and 401k plans, as well as accounts for non-corporate fiduciaries comprising trustees, executors, guardians, personal representatives, attorneys, and other professionals to support high net worth investors and other individual investors; and provides a family of mutual funds. In addition, the company offers research products for institutional investors that include Wright Reports, a research report providing approximately 10 years of fundamental information for approximately 35,000 companies in 63 countries; and One-Page Report, a company specific single page report with approximately 10 years of history that contains valuation ratios, earnings, and dividends. Its research products also comprise Wright Industry Averages Reports, which are consolidated reports prepared on a Global and Regional basis for various industries; corporateInformation.com, an online commercial Website that offers subscription access to the universe of Wright Reports; Wright Fiduciary Lists; and Wright FIRST Investment Research Service, a financial management service to portfolio, trust, and investment professionals. The company is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.

About Cohen & Steers

Cohen & Steers, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the firm provides its services to institutional investors, including pension funds, endowments, and foundations. It manages separate client-focused equity, fixed income, multi-asset, and commodity portfolios through its subsidiaries. The firm launches and manages equity, fixed income, balanced, and multi-asset mutual funds through its subsidiaries. Through its subsidiaries, it also launches and manages hedge funds. The firm invests in public equity, fixed income, and commodity markets across the globe through its subsidiaries. Through its subsidiaries, it invests in companies operating in the real estate sector, including real estate investment trusts, infrastructure sector, and natural energy resources sector for its equity and fixed income investments. The firm also invests in preferred securities for its fixed income investments through its subsidiaries. Cohen & Steers, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is based in New York, with additional offices in London, United Kingdom; Central, Hong Kong; Tokyo, Japan; and Seattle, Washington.

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