Critical Contrast: Credit Suisse Group (CS) vs. Gleacher & Co. Ltd. (GLCH)

Gleacher & Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS: GLCH) and Credit Suisse Group (NYSE:CS) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.


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This table compares Gleacher & Co. Ltd. and Credit Suisse Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gleacher & Co. Ltd. N/A N/A N/A
Credit Suisse Group -3.14% 3.24% 0.18%


Credit Suisse Group pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Gleacher & Co. Ltd. does not pay a dividend. Credit Suisse Group pays out 133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gleacher & Co. Ltd. and Credit Suisse Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gleacher & Co. Ltd. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Credit Suisse Group $31.90 billion 1.33 -$999.02 million $0.54 30.67

Gleacher & Co. Ltd. has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Credit Suisse Group.

Risk and Volatility

Gleacher & Co. Ltd. has a beta of -0.09, suggesting that its stock price is 109% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Credit Suisse Group has a beta of 1.44, suggesting that its stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

3.0% of Credit Suisse Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 29.6% of Gleacher & Co. Ltd. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Gleacher & Co. Ltd. and Credit Suisse Group, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gleacher & Co. Ltd. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Credit Suisse Group 1 1 10 0 2.75


Credit Suisse Group beats Gleacher & Co. Ltd. on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gleacher & Co. Ltd. Company Profile

Gleacher & Company, Inc. went out of business. The firm provides strategic and financial advisory services to corporate and institutional clients. It operates through Investment Banking, MBS & Rates, and Credit Products segments. It also invests and manages a fund that holds investments in privately held companies; and offers residential mortgage lending. Gleacher & Company, Inc. was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Albany, New York.

Credit Suisse Group Company Profile

Credit Suisse Group AG (Credit Suisse) is a financial services company. The Company’s segments include Swiss Universal Bank, International Wealth Management, Asia Pacific, Global Markets, Investment Banking & Capital Markets, Strategic Resolution Unit and Corporate Center. It offers a range of private banking and wealth management solutions to its clients in its Swiss Universal Bank, International Wealth Management and Asia Pacific divisions. It offers a range of investment advice and discretionary asset management services. It offers a range of investment services, including macroeconomic, equity, bond, commodity and foreign-exchange analysis, as well as research on the economy. Its investment advice covers a range of services from portfolio consulting to advising on individual investments. The Company offers its clients portfolio and risk management solutions, including managed investment products.

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