Ares Management (NYSE:ARES) versus MAN GRP PLC/ADR (NYSE:MNGPY) Head to Head Contrast

Ares Management (NYSE:ARES) and MAN GRP PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:MNGPY) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.


This table compares Ares Management and MAN GRP PLC/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ares Management 5.22% 25.86% 2.95%

Volatility and Risk

Ares Management has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MAN GRP PLC/ADR has a beta of 1.7, indicating that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ares Management and MAN GRP PLC/ADR’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ares Management $958.46 million 3.03 $57.02 million $1.42 19.80
MAN GRP PLC/ADR $1.07 billion 2.71 $255.00 million N/A N/A

MAN GRP PLC/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Ares Management.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Ares Management and MAN GRP PLC/ADR, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ares Management 0 1 4 0 2.80
MAN GRP PLC/ADR 0 1 1 0 2.50

Ares Management presently has a consensus target price of $24.60, suggesting a potential downside of 12.49%. Given Ares Management’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ares Management is more favorable than MAN GRP PLC/ADR.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.1% of Ares Management shares are held by institutional investors. 151.6% of Ares Management shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Ares Management pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. MAN GRP PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Ares Management pays out 90.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ares Management has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.


Ares Management beats MAN GRP PLC/ADR on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ares Management

Ares Management Corporation operates as an alternative asset manager in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The company's Tradable Credit Group segment manages various types of investment funds, such as commingled and separately managed accounts for institutional investors, and publicly traded vehicles and sub-advised funds for retail investors in the tradable and non-investment grade corporate credit markets. Its Direct Lending Group segment provides financing solutions to small-to-medium sized companies. The company's Private Equity Group segment focuses on majority or shared-control investments primarily in under-capitalized companies. Its Real Estate Group segment invests in new developments and the repositioning of assets, with a focus on control or majority-control investments; and originates and invests in a range of self-originated financing opportunities for middle-market owners and operators of commercial real estate. The firm was previously known as Ares Management, L.P. Ares Management Corporation was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Ares Management GP LLC is the general partner of the company.


Man Group plc provides alternative investment management services worldwide. The company offers a range of liquid investment products and solutions, which include quantitative and discretionary, long only and long short, and single and multi-manager. It distributes its products and solutions directly to institutions; and to private investors through a network of intermediaries. Man Group plc was founded in 1783 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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