BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors including corporate, public, union, and industry pension plans, insurance companies, third-party mutual funds, endowments, public institutions, governments, foundations, charities, sovereign wealth funds, corporations, official institutions, and banks. It also provides global risk management and advisory services. The firm manages separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. It also launches and manages open-end and closed-end mutual funds, offshore funds, unit trusts, and alternative investment vehicles including structured funds. The firm launches equity, fixed income, balanced, and real estate mutual funds. It also launches equity, fixed income, balanced, currency, commodity, and multi-asset exchange traded funds. The firm also launches and manages hedge funds. It invests in the public equity, fixed income, real estate, currency, commodity, and alternative markets across the globe. The firm primarily invests in growth and value stocks of small-cap, mid-cap, SMID-cap, large-cap, and multi-cap companies. It also invests in dividend-paying equity securities. The firm invests in investment grade municipal securities, government securities including securities issued or guaranteed by a government or a government agency or instrumentality, corporate bonds, and asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities. It employs fundamental and quantitative analysis with a focus on bottom-up and top-down approach to make its investments. The firm employs liquidity, asset allocation, balanced, real estate, and alternative strategies to make its investments. In real estate sector, it seeks to invest in Poland and Germany. The firm benchmarks the performance of its portfolios against various S&P, Russell, Barclays, MSCI, Citigroup, and Merrill Lynch indices. BlackRock, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is based in New York City with additional offices in Boston, Massachusetts; London, United Kingdom; Brazil; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Plainsboro, New Jersey; and San Francisco, California.
Business Analysis of BlackRock
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Here is the performance snapshot of BlackRock with an interactive chart.
- Revenue Growth: BlackRock reported a revenue growth of -2.2% year-on-year during 2016. Investment Services Industry grew at -6.5% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, BlackRock spent 11.0% of its total revenues on COGS. Investment Services industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 10.0%
- R&D share of Revenues: BlackRock R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, BlackRock spent 46.4% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Investment Services industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 54.3%
- Inventory share of Revenues: BlackRock Inventory share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, BlackRock invested 9.8% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Investment Services industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 214.5%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, BlackRock invested 21.1% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Investment Services industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 79.0%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, BlackRock invested 5.0% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Investment Services industry average PPE investment in the same period was 6.6%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, BlackRock invested 273.2% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Investment Services industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 74.6%
- Net Margins: BlackRock Net Margins in the year 2016 were 28.4%. Investment Services industry average Net Margins in the same period were 17.8%
Sector and Industry Association of BlackRock
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BlackRock is associated with Financials Sector Group, Financial Services Sector, and Investment Services Industry.
Financial Services sector is comprised of the following industries: Investment Services; Consumer Finance; Payment and Transaction Processing Services; Financial News, Research and Data. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Investment Services industry includes investment banking companies, asset management companies, securities brokers and dealers, online brokers, and security/commodity exchanges.
- Consumer Finance industry includes companies providing credit services and mortgage finance services.
- Payment and Transaction Processing Services industry includes companies providing financial news, research, and data services.
- Financial News, Research and Data industry includes companies providing payments and transaction processing services.
Industry Ranking of BlackRock
With $11.2 billion revenues, BlackRock ranked number 6 of all the companies in the US Investment Services industry. There were a total of 143 public companies in the US Investment Services industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Investment Services industry by revenues during 2016 were:
- Morgan Stanley ($34.6 billion)
- Goldman Sachs ($30.6 billion)
- Bank Of New York Mellon ($15.2 billion)
- INTL FCStone ($14.8 billion)
- Ameriprise Financial ($11.7 billion)
- BlackRock ($11.2 billion)
- State Street ($10.2 billion)
- Charles Schwab ($7.5 billion)
- Franklin Templeton Investments ($6.6 billion)
- Intercontinental Exchange ($6 billion)
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