Critical Review: China Finance Online (JRJC) and Navient (NAVI)

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China Finance Online (NASDAQ:JRJC) and Navient (NASDAQ:NAVI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

China Finance Online has a beta of 2.13, indicating that its share price is 113% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navient has a beta of 2.15, indicating that its share price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares China Finance Online and Navient’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Finance Online $42.62 million 1.04 -$36.73 million N/A N/A
Navient $5.18 billion 0.65 $292.00 million $1.79 7.07

Navient has higher revenue and earnings than China Finance Online.


This table compares China Finance Online and Navient’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Finance Online -52.08% -59.82% -25.00%
Navient 5.72% 13.95% 0.44%


Navient pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. China Finance Online does not pay a dividend. Navient pays out 35.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

2.5% of China Finance Online shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.8% of Navient shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Navient 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for China Finance Online and Navient, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Finance Online 0 0 0 0 N/A
Navient 1 4 3 0 2.25

Navient has a consensus target price of $15.55, indicating a potential upside of 22.83%. Given Navient’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Navient is more favorable than China Finance Online.


Navient beats China Finance Online on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About China Finance Online

China Finance Online Co. Limited provides Web-based financial services in the People's Republic of China and Hong Kong. The company operates through three segments: Commodities Brokerage Services; Online Financial Information and Advisory Service, and Other Related Services; and Hong Kong Brokerage Services. It provides online access to securities and commodities trading services, wealth management products, and securities investment advisory services to retail investors; and financial database and analytics to institutional investors, including financial, research, academic, and regulatory institutions, as well as financial software products. The company is involved in the operation of Yinglibao, an Internet-based financial platform that integrates wealth management solutions and mutual fund distribution; JRJ mobile app for financial information, securities trading, investment advisory, and wealth management; to provide access for wealth management solutions and mutual fund distribution; and, a financial information Website. In addition, it provides commodities brokerage services; securities and futures contracts brokerage and related services to its customers, who invest in stocks listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchanges and Clearing Limited; information services; and insurance brokerage services. The company offers its products and services to individual investors managing their own money; professional investors, such as institutional investors managing large sums of money on behalf of their clients and high net worth individuals; and other financial professionals, including investment bankers, stock analysts and financial reporters, and middle class individuals. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is based in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

About Navient

Navient Corporation provides asset management and business processing services to education, health care, and government clients at the federal, state, and local levels in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) Loans, Private Education Loans, and Business Services. It holds the portfolio of education loans insured or guaranteed under the FFELP, as well as the portfolio of private education loans; and originates private education refinance loans. The company also services education loans owned by the United States Department of Education, financial institutions, and nonprofit education lenders. In addition, it offers asset recovery services for loans and receivables on behalf of guarantors of FFELP loans and higher education institutions. Further, the company provides asset recovery and other business processing services for federal, state, court, and municipal clients; public authorities; and health care organizations. Navient Corporation was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

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