Analyzing Sculptor Capital Management (NYSE:SCU) & Eaton Vance (NYSE:EV)

Sculptor Capital Management (NYSE:SCU) and Eaton Vance (NYSE:EV) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and risk.

Risk and Volatility

Sculptor Capital Management has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eaton Vance has a beta of 1.55, meaning that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

18.4% of Sculptor Capital Management shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.8% of Eaton Vance shares are owned by institutional investors. 60.6% of Sculptor Capital Management shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sculptor Capital Management $507.22 million 1.67 -$24.28 million $1.17 14.52
Eaton Vance $1.70 billion 2.81 $381.93 million $3.21 13.17

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sculptor Capital Management -6.34% 115.16% 4.86%
Eaton Vance 23.51% 35.45% 10.54%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Sculptor Capital Management and Eaton Vance, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sculptor Capital Management 0 0 0 0 N/A
Eaton Vance 2 5 0 0 1.71

Eaton Vance has a consensus price target of $43.17, suggesting a potential upside of 2.36%. Given Eaton Vance’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Eaton Vance is more favorable than Sculptor Capital Management.

Dividends

Sculptor Capital Management pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.5%. Eaton Vance pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Sculptor Capital Management pays out 109.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Eaton Vance pays out 43.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Eaton Vance has increased its dividend for 38 consecutive years.

Summary

Eaton Vance beats Sculptor Capital Management on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sculptor Capital Management Company Profile

Sculptor Capital Management, Inc. is a publicly owned hedge fund sponsor. The firm provides investment advisory services to its clients. It primarily caters to institutional investors, which include pension funds, fund-of-funds, foundations and endowments, corporations and other institutions, private banks and family offices. The firm also manages separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and real estate separate accounts. It also manages commingled funds and specialized products. The firm invests in equity, fixed income and real estate markets across the world. It employs quantitative and qualitative analysis to make its investments through a combination of fundamental bottom-up research, a high degree of flexibility, and integrated risk management. For its multi-strategy portfolios, the firm employs strategies like convertible and derivative arbitrage, corporate credit, long/short equity special situations, buyout investments, merger arbitrage, private investments, and structured credit. It also invests in real estate and traditional real estate assets including multifamily, office, hotel and retail, loans, portfolio acquisitions, loan pools, operating companies, structured debt products, public securities, and non-traditional real estate assets including gaming, distressed land and residential, cell towers, parking, golf, debt and senior housing. For private equity investments, it considers investments in a variety of special situations that seek to realize value through strategic sales or initial public offerings. The firm typically invests in the energy investments. It also manages a buyout fund, Och-Ziff Energy Fund. The firm was previously known as Och-Ziff Capital Management Group Inc. Sculptor Capital Management, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is based New York, New York.

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.

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