Gleacher & Company Inc (GLCH) & Gamco Investors (GBL) Critical Analysis

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Gleacher & Company Inc (NYSE: GBL) and Gamco Investors (NYSE:GBL) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Gleacher & Company Inc and Gamco Investors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gleacher & Company Inc 0 0 0 0 N/A
Gamco Investors 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gleacher & Company Inc and Gamco Investors’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gleacher & Company Inc N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gamco Investors $360.52 million 2.08 $77.80 million N/A N/A

Gamco Investors has higher revenue and earnings than Gleacher & Company Inc.

Profitability

This table compares Gleacher & Company Inc and Gamco Investors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gleacher & Company Inc N/A N/A N/A
Gamco Investors 24.59% -141.26% 72.93%

Volatility and Risk

Gleacher & Company Inc has a beta of -0.12, meaning that its share price is 112% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gamco Investors has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

17.0% of Gamco Investors shares are held by institutional investors. 29.6% of Gleacher & Company Inc shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 81.0% of Gamco Investors shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Gamco Investors pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Gleacher & Company Inc does not pay a dividend. Gamco Investors has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Gamco Investors beats Gleacher & Company Inc on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gleacher & Company Inc Company Profile

Gleacher & Company, Inc. went out of business. The firm provides strategic and financial advisory services to corporate and institutional clients. It operates through Investment Banking, MBS & Rates, and Credit Products segments. It also invests and manages a fund that holds investments in privately held companies; and offers residential mortgage lending. Gleacher & Company, Inc. was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Albany, New York.

Gamco Investors Company Profile

GAMCO Investors, Inc. is a publicly owned holding investment manager. The firm also provides wealth management, investment advisory, institutional research, brokerage, dealer, underwriting, and distribution services to its clients. It provides its services to individuals including high net worth individuals, corporate pension and profit-sharing plans, foundations, endowments, jointly trust plans, municipalities, and investment companies. The firm, through its subsidiaries, manages separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. It also launches equity, fixed income, and balanced mutual funds and manages equity mutual funds for its clients. Through its subsidiaries, the firm invests in the public equity and fixed income markets across the globe. It invests in value stocks of companies. The firm employs fundamental analysis with a focus on bottom-up stock picking approach to create its portfolios. It conducts in-house research to make its investments. The firm was founded in 1976 and is based in Rye, New York with additional offices in Greenwich, Connecticut; Bannockburn, Illinois; and Tokyo, Japan. GAMCO Investors, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of GGCP, Inc.

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