Eaton Vance (EV) & Noah (NOAH) Head to Head Comparison

Eaton Vance (NYSE:EV) and Noah (NYSE:NOAH) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Dividends

Eaton Vance pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Noah does not pay a dividend. Eaton Vance pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Eaton Vance has increased its dividend for 37 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

68.4% of Eaton Vance shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.5% of Noah shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Eaton Vance and Noah’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eaton Vance 21.44% 34.91% 14.60%
Noah 26.20% 17.17% 12.18%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Eaton Vance and Noah, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eaton Vance 0 4 3 0 2.43
Noah 0 0 3 0 3.00

Eaton Vance currently has a consensus price target of $56.93, suggesting a potential upside of 24.22%. Noah has a consensus price target of $58.00, suggesting a potential upside of 61.74%. Given Noah’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Noah is more favorable than Eaton Vance.

Volatility & Risk

Eaton Vance has a beta of 1.64, indicating that its share price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Noah has a beta of 2.02, indicating that its share price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Eaton Vance and Noah’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eaton Vance $1.53 billion 3.54 $282.13 million $2.48 18.48
Noah $434.49 million 4.74 $117.26 million $2.01 17.84

Eaton Vance has higher revenue and earnings than Noah. Noah is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Eaton Vance, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Eaton Vance beats Noah on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Eaton Vance Company Profile

Eaton Vance Corp., through its subsidiaries, engages in the creation, marketing, and management of investment funds in the United States. It also provides investment management and counseling services to institutions and individuals. Further, the company operates as an adviser and distributor of investment companies and separate accounts. As of October 31, 2004, the company provided investment advisory or administration services to approximately 150 funds; approximately 1,300 separately managed individual and institutional accounts; and participated in approximately 40 retail-managed account broker/dealer programs. It markets and distributes shares of funds through a retail network of national and regional broker/dealers, banks, insurance companies, and financial planning firms. Eaton Vance Corp. was incorporated on January 29, 1981 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

Noah Company Profile

Noah Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a wealth and asset management service provider with focus on wealth investment and asset allocation services for high net worth individuals and enterprises in the People's Republic of China. The company operates through three segments: Wealth Management, Asset Management, and Other Financial Service. It offers onshore and offshore fixed income, private equity, secondary market equity, and insurance products; and value-added financial and related services, such as investor education, corporate registration and tax planning, trust, financial leasing, and philanthropy. The company also provides private equity, real estate, secondary market equity, credit, and other investments; and online wealth management, lending, and payment technology services. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

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