Fifth Street Asset Management (OTCMKTS:FSAM) and U.S. Global Investors (NASDAQ:GROW) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Fifth Street Asset Management and U.S. Global Investors’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fifth Street Asset Management $82.55 million 0.85 -$1.53 million N/A N/A
U.S. Global Investors $6.26 million 3.00 $640,000.00 N/A N/A

U.S. Global Investors has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Fifth Street Asset Management.

Profitability

This table compares Fifth Street Asset Management and U.S. Global Investors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fifth Street Asset Management N/A N/A N/A
U.S. Global Investors -29.56% -5.84% -5.26%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Fifth Street Asset Management shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.3% of U.S. Global Investors shares are held by institutional investors. 85.4% of Fifth Street Asset Management shares are held by 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.

Volatility & Risk

Fifth Street Asset Management has a beta of 0.06, suggesting that its share price is 94% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, U.S. Global Investors has a beta of 0.7, suggesting that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Fifth Street Asset Management and U.S. Global Investors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fifth Street Asset Management 0 0 0 0 N/A
U.S. Global Investors 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

U.S. Global Investors pays an annual dividend of $0.03 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Fifth Street Asset Management does not pay a dividend.

Fifth Street Asset Management Company Profile

Fifth Street Asset Management Inc. is an asset management holding company. The firm provides asset management services through its subsidiaries. Fifth Street Asset Management Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.

U.S. Global Investors Company Profile

U.S. Global Investors, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to investment companies. It also provides its services to pooled investment vehicles. The firm manages equity and fixed income mutual funds for its clients. It also manages hedge funds. The firm also manages exchange traded funds. It invests in the public equity and fixed income markets across the globe. It invests in G.A.R.P. and value stocks to make its equity investments. The firm employs a fundamental and quantitative analysis with top-down and bottom-up stock picking approach to make its investments. U.S. Global Investors, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in San Antonio, Texas.

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