Navient (NAVI) vs. Jefferies Financial Group (JEF) Head to Head Survey

Navient (NASDAQ:NAVI) and Jefferies Financial Group (NYSE:JEF) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.3% of Navient shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.2% of Jefferies Financial Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Navient shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.0% of Jefferies Financial Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Navient pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Jefferies Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Navient pays out 30.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Jefferies Financial Group pays out 61.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Navient is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Navient and Jefferies Financial Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navient $5.61 billion 0.57 $395.00 million $2.09 6.39
Jefferies Financial Group $5.01 billion 1.12 $1.03 billion $0.81 23.35

Jefferies Financial Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Navient. Navient is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Jefferies Financial Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Navient has a beta of 2.34, indicating that its stock price is 134% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jefferies Financial Group has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Navient and Jefferies Financial Group, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navient 0 2 4 0 2.67
Jefferies Financial Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

Navient presently has a consensus price target of $15.65, indicating a potential upside of 17.14%. Jefferies Financial Group has a consensus price target of $29.50, indicating a potential upside of 56.00%. Given Jefferies Financial Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Jefferies Financial Group is more favorable than Navient.


This table compares Navient and Jefferies Financial Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navient 6.99% 15.10% 0.52%
Jefferies Financial Group 10.07% 6.70% 1.44%

Navient Company Profile

Navient Corporation provides education loan management and business processing solutions for education, healthcare, and government clients at the federal, state, and local levels in the United States. It operates in three segments: Federal Education Loans, Consumer Lending, and Business Processing. The company holds and acquires Federal Family Education Loan Program loans that are insured or guaranteed by state or not-for-profit agencies; and performs servicing and asset recovery services on its own loan portfolio, and federal education loans owned by the United States Department of Education and other institutions. It also holds, originates, and acquires consumer loans; and performs servicing activities on its own education loan portfolio, including primarily private education loans, and private education refinance loans. In addition, the company offers revenue cycle management and business processing services; and healthcare services that include revenue cycle outsourcing, accounts receivable management, extended business office support, and consulting engagement for federal, state, and municipal clients; public authorities; and healthcare organizations. Further, it provides customizable solutions for its clients that include non-profit/religious-affiliated hospital systems, teaching hospitals, urban medical centers, for-profit healthcare systems, critical access hospitals, children's hospitals, and various physician groups. The company was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

Jefferies Financial Group Company Profile

Jefferies Financial Group Inc., a financial services company, engages in investment banking and capital markets, asset management, and direct investing businesses in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. the company also offers equities research, sales, and trading services; equity finance services comprising financing, securities lending, and other prime brokerage services; and wealth management services to high net worth individuals, their families and businesses, private equity and venture funds, and small institutions. In addition, it provides fixed income sales and trading services for investment grade corporate bonds, U.S. and European government and agency securities, municipal bonds, mortgage- and asset-backed securities, leveraged loans, consumer loans, securities, markets debt, interest rate, and credit derivative products, as well as foreign exchange trade execution and securitization capabilities, as well as manages, invests in, and provides services to a group of alternative asset management platforms in investment strategies and asset classes. The company was formerly known as Leucadia National Corporation and changed its name to Jefferies Financial Group Inc. in May 2018. Jefferies Financial Group Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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