Assurant (NYSE: AIZ) is one of 23 public companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Assurant to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Assurant and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Assurant 3.67% 3.55% 0.48%
Assurant Competitors 3.80% 9.18% 2.33%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Assurant and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Assurant 1 0 1 0 2.00
Assurant Competitors 112 789 831 21 2.43

Assurant presently has a consensus target price of $115.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.17%. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 4.42%. Given Assurant’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Assurant is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Assurant and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Assurant $7.53 billion $565.35 million 23.48
Assurant Competitors $11.13 billion $534.17 million 155.90

Assurant’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Assurant. Assurant is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Assurant pays an annual dividend of $2.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Assurant pays out 50.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 45.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Assurant has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Assurant has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Assurant’s peers have a beta of 1.39, meaning that their average stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.1% of Assurant shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Assurant shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.4% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Assurant peers beat Assurant on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Assurant Company Profile

Assurant, Inc. is a provider of risk management solutions in the housing and lifestyle markets. The Company operates in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s segments include Global Housing, Global Lifestyle and Global Preneed. Through its Global Housing segment, it provides lender-placed homeowners, manufactured housing and flood insurance; renters insurance and related products (multi-family housing business), and field services, valuation services and other property risk management services (mortgage solutions business). Through its Global Lifestyle segment, it provides mobile device protection products and related services and extended service products and related services for consumer electronics and appliances (global connected living business); vehicle protection services, and credit insurance. The Global Preneed segment provides pre-funded funeral insurance and annuity products. Its Global Preneed Segment operates in the United States and Canada.

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