Bridge Investment Group (NYSE:BRDG) vs. Lazard (NYSE:LAZ) financial survey

Bridge Investment Group (NYSE:BRDG – Get Rating) and Lazard (NYSE:LAZ – Get Rating) are both financial companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on earnings power, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, and institutional ownership.

Score & Rating

This table compares the revenue, earnings per share and valuation of Bridge Investment Group and Lazard.

gross receipts price/sales ratio net income earnings per share price-earnings ratio
Bridge Investment Group $330.01 million 1.29 $23.23 million $4.84 3.02
Lazard $3.27 billion 1.00 $528.06 million $4.93 6.34

Lazard has higher revenues and profits than Bridge Investment Group. Bridge Investment Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings multiple than Lazard, suggesting it’s the cheaper of the two stocks at the moment.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of the most recent ratings and recommendations for Bridge Investment Group and Lazard as provided by MarketBeat.

sell reviews keep ratings Buy reviews Strong buy recommendations rating score
Bridge Investment Group 0 1 4 0 2.80
Lazard 1 3 2 0 2.17

Bridge Investment Group currently has a consensus price target of $21.20, which suggests a potential upside of 43.05%. Lazard has a consensus target of $45.33 suggesting a potential upside of 44.93%. Given Lazard’s more likely upside, analysts clearly believe Lazard is cheaper than Bridge Investment Group.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Bridge Investment Group and Lazard.

net margins return on equity return on investment
Bridge Investment Group 29.40% 5.41% 3.28%
Lazard 16.76% 59.55% 8.69%

Insider and Institutional Property

65.5% of Bridge Investment Group’s shares are owned by institutional investors. 65.9% of Bridge Investment Group’s shares are owned by company insiders. By comparison, 3.9% of Lazard stock is owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers, and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Bridge Investment Group pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.1%. Lazard pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.0%. Bridge Investment Group pays out 21.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lazard pays out 38.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for years to come. Bridge Investment Group is clearly the better dividend stock due to its higher yield and lower payout ratio.


Bridge Investment Group beats Lazard on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Company profile of the Bridge Investment Group (received rating)

Bridge Investment Group Holdings Inc. is engaged in real estate investment management activities in the United States. It manages capital on behalf of approximately 100 global institutions and 6,500 individual investors in approximately 25 investment vehicles. The company was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lazard Company Profile (received rating)

Lazard Ltd, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial advisory and asset management company in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Central and South America. It operates through two segments, Financial Advisory and Wealth Management. The Financial Advisory segment provides various financial advisory services related to mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, capital advisory, shareholder advisory, capital raising, government advisory and other strategic advisory matters. This segment serves corporate, partnership, institutional, state, government and individual customers in diverse industry segments including consumer, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences, industrial, power and energy/infrastructure and real estate, and technology and telecom, and media and entertainment. The Asset Management segment offers a range of investment solutions and investment and wealth management services in equity and fixed income strategies; asset allocation strategies; and alternative investments and private equity funds to corporations, public funds, government agencies, endowments, labor funds, financial intermediaries and individual clients. The company was founded in 1848 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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