Reviewing Ocwen Financial Corporation (OCN) & PennyMac Financial Services (PFSI)

Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE: OCN) and PennyMac Financial Services (NYSE:PFSI) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ocwen Financial Corporation and PennyMac Financial Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ocwen Financial Corporation $1.32 billion 0.35 $352.81 million ($0.62) -5.63
PennyMac Financial Services $1.24 billion 0.36 $69.83 million $2.97 6.40

Ocwen Financial Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than PennyMac Financial Services. Ocwen Financial Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PennyMac Financial Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

48.5% of Ocwen Financial Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.7% of PennyMac Financial Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Ocwen Financial Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 45.6% of PennyMac Financial Services shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Ocwen Financial Corporation has a beta of 1.59, meaning that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PennyMac Financial Services has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ocwen Financial Corporation and PennyMac Financial Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ocwen Financial Corporation -5.95% -12.41% -1.01%
PennyMac Financial Services 6.87% 4.79% 1.21%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Ocwen Financial Corporation and PennyMac Financial Services, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ocwen Financial Corporation 0 4 0 0 2.00
PennyMac Financial Services 1 1 5 0 2.57

Ocwen Financial Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $3.33, suggesting a potential downside of 4.49%. PennyMac Financial Services has a consensus price target of $20.25, suggesting a potential upside of 6.58%. Given PennyMac Financial Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe PennyMac Financial Services is more favorable than Ocwen Financial Corporation.

Summary

PennyMac Financial Services beats Ocwen Financial Corporation on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ocwen Financial Corporation Company Profile

Ocwen Financial Corporation is a financial services holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, originates and services loans. The Company’s segments include Servicing, Lending, and Corporate Items and Other. The Company’s Servicing segment consists of its residential servicing business. The Company’s Lending segment is focused on originating and purchasing conventional and government-insured residential forward and reverse mortgage loans. The Company’s Corporate Items and Other segment includes revenues and expenses of Automotive Capital Services (ACS) and its other business activities. Its servicing clients include some of the financial institutions in the United States, including the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) and non-Agency residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) trusts.

PennyMac Financial Services Company Profile

PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. (PFSI) is a financial services company. The Company is focused on the production and servicing of the United States residential mortgage loans and the management of investments related to the United States mortgage market. The Company operates through three segments: loan production, loan servicing and investment management. PFSI’s mortgage banking subsidiary, PennyMac Loan Services, LLC (PLS), is a non-bank producer and servicer of mortgage loans in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, PLS serviced loans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the United States Virgin Islands, and originated loans in 49 states and the District of Columbia. PFSI’s investment management subsidiary, PNMAC Capital Management, LLC (PCM), is an investment advisor. PLS is a seller and servicer for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac).

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