Reliable Long-term Trend to Profit From: Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN), CBRE Group, Inc. (CBRE)

The shares of Franklin Resources, Inc. have decreased by more than -15.13% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 2.08% or $0.69 and now trades at $33.84. The shares of CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), has jumped by 9.86% year to date as of 04/16/2018. The shares currently trade at $47.58 and have been able to report a change of 0.66% over the past one week.

The stock of Franklin Resources, Inc. and CBRE Group, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Monday. Investors seem to be very interested in what happens to the stocks of these two companies but do investors favor one over the other? We will analyze the growth, profitability, risk, valuation, and insider trends of both companies and see which one investors prefer.

Next 5Y EPS Growth: 5.51% versus 11.45%

When a company is able to grow consistently in terms of earnings at a high compound rate have the highest likelihood of creating value for its shareholders over time. Analysts have predicted that BEN will grow it’s earning at a 5.51% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to CBRE which will have a positive growth at a 11.45% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of CBRE implies a greater potential for capital appreciation over the years.

Profitability and Returns

Growth alone cannot be used to see if the company will be valuable. Shareholders will be the losers if a company invest in ventures that aren’t profitable enough to support upbeat growth. In order for us to accurately measure profitability and return, we will be using the EBITDA margin and Return on Investment (ROI), which balances the difference in capital structure. BEN has an EBITDA margin of 43.2%, this implies that the underlying business of BEN is more profitable. The ROI of BEN is 11.00% while that of CBRE is 10.80%. These figures suggest that BEN ventures generate a higher ROI than that of CBRE.

Cash Flow

The value of a stock is ultimately determined by the amount of cash flow that the investors have available. Over the last 12 months, BEN’s free cash flow per share is a positive 5.61, while that of CBRE is positive 3.44.

Liquidity and Financial Risk

The ability of a company to meet up with its short-term obligations and be able to clear its longer-term debts is measured using Liquidity and leverage ratios. The debt ratio of BEN is 0.09 compared to 0.72 for CBRE. CBRE can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than BEN.


BEN currently trades at a forward P/E of 10.32, a P/B of 1.59, and a P/S of 2.91 while CBRE trades at a forward P/E of 14.44, a P/B of 4.01, and a P/S of 1.15. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, BEN is the cheaper one. It is very obvious that earnings are the most important factors to investors, thus analysts are most likely to place their bet on the P/E.

Analyst Price Targets and Opinions

The mistake some people make is that they think a cheap stock has more value to it. In order to know the value of a stock, there is need to compare its current price to its likely trading price in the future. The price of BEN is currently at a -8.17% to its one-year price target of 36.85. Looking at its rival pricing, CBRE is at a -7.81% relative to its price target of 51.61.

When looking at the investment recommendation on say a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong buy, 3 a hold, and 5 a sell), BEN is given a 3.30 while 2.00 placed for CBRE. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for BEN stocks.

Insider Activity and Investor Sentiment

Short interest or otherwise called the percentage of a stock’s tradable shares currently being shorted is another data that investors use to get a handle on sentiment. The short ratio for BEN is 2.14 while that of CBRE is just 2.52. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for BEN stock.


The stock of CBRE Group, Inc. defeats that of Franklin Resources, Inc. when the two are compared, with CBRE taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. CBRE happens to be more profitable, generates a higher ROI, has higher cash flow per share, higher liquidity and has a lower financial risk. When looking at the stock valuation, CBRE is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for CBRE is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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