Comparing Waddell & Reed Financial (WDR) & The Competition

Waddell & Reed Financial (NYSE: WDR) is one of 55 publicly-traded companies in the “Investment Management & Fund Operators” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Waddell & Reed Financial to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Waddell & Reed Financial and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Waddell & Reed Financial $1.17 billion $241.86 million 13.67
Waddell & Reed Financial Competitors $2.89 billion $931.85 million 7.03

Waddell & Reed Financial’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Waddell & Reed Financial. Waddell & Reed Financial is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Waddell & Reed Financial has a beta of 2.04, indicating that its stock price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Waddell & Reed Financial’s rivals have a beta of 1.23, indicating that their average stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Waddell & Reed Financial and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Waddell & Reed Financial 10.10% 16.94% 10.21%
Waddell & Reed Financial Competitors -209.71% -1.89% 3.13%


Waddell & Reed Financial pays an annual dividend of $1.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.7%. Waddell & Reed Financial pays out 132.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.6% and pay out 47.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Waddell & Reed Financial has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.5% of Waddell & Reed Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of shares of all “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of Waddell & Reed Financial shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Waddell & Reed Financial and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Waddell & Reed Financial 5 2 0 0 1.29
Waddell & Reed Financial Competitors 285 1656 1771 57 2.42

Waddell & Reed Financial presently has a consensus target price of $18.43, indicating a potential downside of 3.01%. As a group, “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies have a potential upside of 7.56%. Given Waddell & Reed Financial’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Waddell & Reed Financial has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


Waddell & Reed Financial rivals beat Waddell & Reed Financial on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Waddell & Reed Financial Company Profile

Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., incorporated on December 24, 1981, is a holding company. The Company is a mutual fund and asset management company. The Company provides investment management, investment advisory, investment product underwriting, and distribution and shareholder services administration to Waddell & Reed Advisors group of mutual funds (the Advisors Funds), Ivy Funds, Ivy Funds Variable Insurance Portfolios (Ivy Funds VIP), InvestEd Portfolios and 529 college savings plan (collectively, the Funds), and the Ivy Global Investors Fund SICAV (the SICAV) and its Ivy Global Investors sub-funds (the IGI Funds), and institutional and separately managed accounts. The Company operates its business through a distribution network. Its retail products are distributed through third parties, such as other broker-dealers, registered investment advisors and various retirement platforms or through associated independent contractor financial advisors.

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