The Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV) is one of 92 publicly-traded companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare The Travelers Companies to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.5% of The Travelers Companies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of The Travelers Companies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares The Travelers Companies and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Travelers Companies 10.15% 11.68% 2.73%
The Travelers Companies Competitors 10.08% 5.29% 2.71%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares The Travelers Companies and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
The Travelers Companies $28.15 billion $4.86 billion 12.49
The Travelers Companies Competitors $11.75 billion $2.00 billion 35.96

The Travelers Companies has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. The Travelers Companies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

The Travelers Companies has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Travelers Companies’ rivals have a beta of 0.93, meaning that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

The Travelers Companies pays an annual dividend of $2.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. The Travelers Companies pays out 28.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 26.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. The Travelers Companies has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for The Travelers Companies and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Travelers Companies 4 7 6 0 2.12
The Travelers Companies Competitors 598 2233 2117 42 2.32

The Travelers Companies currently has a consensus target price of $125.30, suggesting a potential upside of 0.18%. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential downside of 0.44%. Given The Travelers Companies’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe The Travelers Companies is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

The Travelers Companies beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

The Travelers Companies Company Profile

The Travelers Companies, Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Business and International Insurance; Bond & Specialty Insurance, and Personal Insurance. Through its subsidiaries, it provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services. The Business and International Insurance segment offers property and casualty insurance and insurance related services to its clients, in the United States and in Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil and throughout other parts of the world. The Bond & Specialty Insurance segment provides surety, fidelity, management liability, professional liability, and other property and casualty coverages and related risk management services to a range of primarily domestic customers, utilizing various degrees of financially-based underwriting approaches. The Personal Insurance segment writes a range of property and casualty insurance covering individuals’ personal risks.

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