Reviewing Syncora (SYCRF) and Ambac Financial Group (AMBC)

Syncora (OTCMKTS:SYCRF) and Ambac Financial Group (NASDAQ:AMBC) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Syncora and Ambac Financial Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Syncora $62.12 million 6.09 $133.50 million N/A N/A
Ambac Financial Group $621.25 million 1.20 -$328.71 million N/A N/A

Syncora has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Ambac Financial Group.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.0% of Ambac Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Syncora shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Ambac Financial Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Syncora and Ambac Financial Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Syncora 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ambac Financial Group 0 1 1 0 2.50

Ambac Financial Group has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 21.88%. Given Ambac Financial Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ambac Financial Group is more favorable than Syncora.

Dividends

Syncora pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 17.1%. Ambac Financial Group does not pay a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Syncora has a beta of 2.31, suggesting that its stock price is 131% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ambac Financial Group has a beta of 1.41, suggesting that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Syncora and Ambac Financial Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Syncora N/A N/A N/A
Ambac Financial Group 28.81% 15.53% 1.43%

Summary

Ambac Financial Group beats Syncora on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Syncora Company Profile

Syncora Holdings Ltd., through its subsidiary, Syncora Guarantee Inc., provides financial guarantee insurance and reinsurance, and credit enhancement for the obligations of debt issuers worldwide. The company guarantees U.S. municipal bonds; asset-backed securities; debt backed by utilities and selected infrastructure projects; specialized risks, including future flow securitizations and bank deposit insurance; and collateralized debt obligations. It also invests in private debt and equity securities. The company was formerly known as Security Capital Assurance Ltd. Syncora Holdings Ltd. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Ambac Financial Group Company Profile

Ambac Financial Group, Inc., a financial services holding company, provides financial guarantees to clients in public and private sectors worldwide. It offers financial guarantee insurance policies and credit derivative contracts for public finance, structured finance, and international finance. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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