Contrasting Ashmore Group (AJMPF) & Aon plc Class A (AON)

Ashmore Group (OTCMKTS: AJMPF) and Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares Ashmore Group and Aon plc Class A’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ashmore Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Aon plc Class A $10.00 billion 3.50 $1.23 billion $6.52 21.78

Aon plc Class A has higher revenue and earnings than Ashmore Group.

Volatility & Risk

Ashmore Group has a beta of 2.48, meaning that its stock price is 148% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aon plc Class A has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Ashmore Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.3% of Aon plc Class A shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Aon plc Class A shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Ashmore Group and Aon plc Class A’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ashmore Group N/A N/A N/A
Aon plc Class A 12.26% 32.41% 6.49%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Ashmore Group and Aon plc Class A, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ashmore Group 1 2 1 0 2.00
Aon plc Class A 1 10 4 0 2.20

Aon plc Class A has a consensus target price of $144.36, suggesting a potential upside of 1.65%. Given Aon plc Class A’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Aon plc Class A is more favorable than Ashmore Group.

Dividends

Aon plc Class A pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Ashmore Group does not pay a dividend. Aon plc Class A pays out 22.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Aon plc Class A has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Aon plc Class A beats Ashmore Group on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ashmore Group Company Profile

Ashmore Group plc is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to retail and institutional clients. It manages separate client-focused equity and fixed income portfolios. The firm also launches and manages equity and fixed income mutual funds for its clients. It invests in the public equity and fixed income markets in emerging markets across the globe. Ashmore Group Plc was founded in 1992 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

Aon plc Class A Company Profile

Aon plc (Aon) is a global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing, delivering distinctive client value via risk management and workforce productivity solutions. The Company operates in two segments: Risk Solutions and Human Resource (HR) Solutions. On April 2, 2012, the Company completed the reorganization of the corporate structure of the group of companies controlled by its predecessor, Aon Corporation, as holding company of the Aon group, pursuant to which Aon Corporation merged with one of its indirect, wholly owned subsidiaries and Aon plc became the parent company of the Aon group. In July 2012, ABN Amro Bank NV sold its insurance unit to Aon.

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