Value Line (NASDAQ:VALU) and Hennessy Advisors (NASDAQ:HNNA) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and profitability.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
7.9% of Value Line shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.5% of Hennessy Advisors shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Value Line shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 40.7% of Hennessy Advisors 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.
Volatility and Risk
Value Line has a beta of 0.47, indicating that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hennessy Advisors has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Value Line and Hennessy Advisors, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
This table compares Value Line and Hennessy Advisors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Value Line and Hennessy Advisors’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Value Line||$35.87 million||5.47||$14.73 million||N/A||N/A|
|Hennessy Advisors||$54.59 million||1.64||$20.61 million||N/A||N/A|
Hennessy Advisors has higher revenue and earnings than Value Line.
Value Line pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Hennessy Advisors pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Value Line has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Hennessy Advisors has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.
Hennessy Advisors beats Value Line on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
Value Line Company Profile
Value Line, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells investment periodicals and related publications primarily in the United States. Its investment periodicals and related publications cover a range of investments, including stocks, mutual funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs), options, and convertible securities. The company offers research services, such as The Value Line Investment Survey, The Value Line Investment Survey – Small and Mid-Cap, The Value Line 600, and The Value Line Fund Advisor Plus, which provide statistical and text coverage of various investment securities, with an emphasis placed on its proprietary research, analysis, and statistical ranks. It also provides niche newsletters comprising Value Line Select, Value Line Select: Dividend Income & Growth, Value Line Select: ETFs, and The Value Line Special Situations Service that offer information on a less comprehensive basis for securities that are of particular interest to subscribers; digital versions of its products through its Website, valueline.com; and investment analysis software, such as The Value Line Investment Analyzer, which includes data sorting and filtering tools. In addition, the company offers current and historical financial databases comprising DataFile, estimates and projections, convertibles, and mutual funds through online; and copyright data products, which include unit investment trusts, variable annuities, managed accounts, and EFTs. Further, it places advertising on behalf of the company's publications; and provides subscription fulfillment and subscriber relation services. The company serves individual and professional investors, as well as institutions, including municipal and university libraries, and investment firms. Value Line, Inc. was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in New York, New York. Value Line, Inc. is a subsidiary of Arnold Bernhard & Co, Inc.
Hennessy Advisors Company Profile
Hennessy Advisors, Inc. is publicly owned investment manager. It provides its services to Hennessy Funds and investment companies. The firm launches and manages equity, fixed income, and balanced mutual funds. It invests in the public equity and fixed income markets across the globe. The firm primarily invests in growth stocks of companies. It conducts in-house research to make its investments. Hennessy Advisors, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is based in Novato, California with additional offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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