Midwest (NASDAQ:MDWT) and Sony Financial (OTCMKTS:SNYFY) Financial Review

Midwest (NASDAQ:MDWTGet Rating) and Sony Financial (OTCMKTS:SNYFYGet Rating) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Midwest and Sony Financial’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Midwest $30.06 million 1.41 -$16.64 million ($3.98) -2.84
Sony Financial $16.39 billion 0.64 $684.76 million $1.63 14.79

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


This table compares Midwest and Sony Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Midwest -44.36% -5.47% -0.39%
Sony Financial 3.33% 9.74% 0.44%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

37.4% of Midwest shares are held by institutional investors. 30.3% of Midwest shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Midwest has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sony Financial has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Midwest and Sony Financial, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Midwest 0 2 0 0 2.00
Sony Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A

Midwest currently has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.19%. Given Midwest’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Midwest is more favorable than Sony Financial.


Sony Financial beats Midwest on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Midwest Company Profile (Get Rating)

Midwest Holding Inc., a financial services company, engages in life and annuity insurance business in the United States. The company offers multi-year guaranteed and fixed indexed annuity products through independent distributors comprising independent marketing organizations. It also provides asset management services to third-party insurers and reinsurers; and other services, including policy administration services. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is based in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Sony Financial Company Profile (Get Rating)

Sony Financial Holdings Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services in Japan and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Life Insurance Business, Non-Life Insurance Business, and Banking Business. It offers death protection, medical, educational endowment, living benefit, and other insurance products; and automobile, medical, overseas travel, and fire insurance products, as well as reinsurance services. The company also provides Yen and foreign currency deposits, mortgage loans, and investment trust and other services; and venture capital and credit card settlement services, as well as plans, develops, and operates nursing care homes. It provides its products through lifeplanner sales employees and independent agencies, as well as through Internet. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Sony Financial Holdings Inc. is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

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