Contrasting Lazard (NYSE:LAZ) and Puyi (NASDAQ:PUYI)

Lazard (NYSE:LAZGet Rating) and Puyi (NASDAQ:PUYIGet Rating) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Lazard has a beta of 1.52, meaning that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Puyi has a beta of 0.57, meaning that its stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Lazard and Puyi, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lazard 1 4 2 0 2.14
Puyi 0 0 0 0 N/A

Lazard presently has a consensus target price of $45.86, indicating a potential upside of 35.39%. Given Lazard’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Lazard is more favorable than Puyi.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lazard and Puyi’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lazard $3.27 billion N/A $528.06 million $4.63 7.32
Puyi $29.61 million 11.26 -$7.18 million N/A N/A

Lazard has higher revenue and earnings than Puyi.

Profitability

This table compares Lazard and Puyi’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lazard 16.13% 59.74% 8.69%
Puyi N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Puyi shares are held by institutional investors. 3.4% of Lazard shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Lazard beats Puyi on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lazard (Get Rating)

Lazard Ltd. is a financial advisory and asset management firm, which engages in the provision of crafting solutions to the clients, including corporations, governments, institutions, partnerships, and individuals. It operates through the Financial Advisory and Asset Management segments. The Financial Advisory segment offers corporate, partnership, institutional, government, sovereign, and individual clients, an array of financial advisory services regarding mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, capital structure, capital raising, and corporate preparedness. The Asset Management segment provides global investment solutions and investment management services. The company was founded by Alexandre Lazard, Lazare Lazard, and Simon Lazard in 1848 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

About Puyi (Get Rating)

Puyi Inc. provides third-party wealth management services in China. The company distributes publicly raised fund and privately raised securities investment fund products through online and offline. It also provides asset management services that include managing fund of funds and non-performing loan funds; and corporate financing services. Puyi Inc. was incorporated in 2018 and is headquartered in Guangzhou, China.

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