Contrasting HARGREAVES LANS/ADR (OTCMKTS:HRGLY) & Hexindai (OTCMKTS:HX)

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HARGREAVES LANS/ADR (OTCMKTS:HRGLY) and Hexindai (NASDAQ:HX) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

4.1% of Hexindai shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.

Dividends

HARGREAVES LANS/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Hexindai pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.7%. HARGREAVES LANS/ADR pays out 36.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Hexindai pays out 250.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

HARGREAVES LANS/ADR has a beta of 0.81, suggesting that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hexindai has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares HARGREAVES LANS/ADR and Hexindai’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HARGREAVES LANS/ADR N/A N/A N/A
Hexindai 9.02% 4.10% 3.40%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares HARGREAVES LANS/ADR and Hexindai’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HARGREAVES LANS/ADR $602.86 million 19.90 $318.29 million $1.34 37.75
Hexindai $61.33 million 1.92 $5.53 million $0.10 23.30

HARGREAVES LANS/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Hexindai. Hexindai is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than HARGREAVES LANS/ADR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for HARGREAVES LANS/ADR and Hexindai, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HARGREAVES LANS/ADR 1 0 0 0 1.00
Hexindai 0 0 0 0 N/A

About HARGREAVES LANS/ADR

Hargreaves Lansdown plc provides direct-to-investor investment services for individuals and corporates in the United Kingdom and Poland. Its flagship service is Vantage, a direct-to-investor platform. The company offers stocks and shares individual savings accounts (ISAs), fund and share accounts, self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs), and lifetime ISAs. It also provides pension services, including SIPPs, annuities, drawdown, and mix and match pensions; share dealing services, such as overseas share dealing, initial public offerings and share offers, certificated share dealing, and exchange traded funds and exchange traded commodities/currencies; and fund dealing services. In addition, the company offers personal and business currency services; Junior ISA, SIPP, and investment accounts; and financial advisory services comprising investment management, lump sum investment, pension consolidation, portfolio restructuring, retirement planning, and estate planning services. Hargreaves Lansdown plc was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Bristol, the United Kingdom.

About Hexindai

Hexindai Inc. operates a consumer lending marketplace that facilitates loans in China. It primarily focuses on facilitating medium-sized credit loans. The company provides borrowers a range of products based on customer segmentation data and tailored to the specific needs of the emerging middle class; and investors various types of investment products. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.

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