Comparing Arlington Asset Investment (AI) and Ampal American Israel (OTCMKTS:AMPLQ)

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Arlington Asset Investment (NYSE:AI) and Ampal American Israel (OTCMKTS:AMPLQ) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Arlington Asset Investment and Ampal American Israel, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Arlington Asset Investment 0 1 1 0 2.50
Ampal American Israel 0 0 0 0 N/A

Arlington Asset Investment presently has a consensus target price of $14.25, suggesting a potential upside of 87.75%.

Dividends

Arlington Asset Investment pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 19.8%. Ampal American Israel does not pay a dividend. Arlington Asset Investment pays out 72.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

46.1% of Arlington Asset Investment shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Arlington Asset Investment shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 63.4% of Ampal American Israel shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Arlington Asset Investment and Ampal American Israel’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Arlington Asset Investment $130.95 million 1.77 -$91.79 million $2.06 3.68
Ampal American Israel N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ampal American Israel has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Arlington Asset Investment.

Volatility and Risk

Arlington Asset Investment has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ampal American Israel has a beta of -12.56, suggesting that its stock price is 1,356% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Arlington Asset Investment and Ampal American Israel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Arlington Asset Investment -70.10% -11.10% -0.75%
Ampal American Israel N/A N/A N/A

Arlington Asset Investment Company Profile

Arlington Asset Investment Corp. (NYSE: AI) is a principal investment firm that currently invests primarily in mortgage-related and other assets. The Company is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. For more information, please visit www.arlingtonasset.com.

Ampal American Israel Company Profile

Ampal-American Israel Corp. is engaged in acquiring interests of businesses in the state of israel of that are israel-related. The company investment principally focus on companies and ventures. It operates in five segments: chemical, energy, real estate rental, leisure-time and finance. The company was founded in 1942 and is headquartered in Herzliya, Israel.

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