American National Insurance (NASDAQ: ANAT) is one of 22 public companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare American National Insurance to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

American National Insurance has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American National Insurance’s peers have a beta of 1.39, suggesting that their average stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares American National Insurance and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
American National Insurance $3.23 billion $181.00 million 15.49
American National Insurance Competitors $11.13 billion $534.17 million 140.55

American National Insurance’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than American National Insurance. American National Insurance 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for American National Insurance and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American National Insurance 0 0 0 0 N/A
American National Insurance Competitors 112 797 845 21 2.44

As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 3.67%. Given American National Insurance’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe American National Insurance has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

American National Insurance pays an annual dividend of $3.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. American National Insurance pays out 42.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 49.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. American National Insurance is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.3% of American National Insurance shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 23.5% of American National Insurance shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares American National Insurance and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American National Insurance 6.28% 2.89% 0.55%
American National Insurance Competitors 6.11% 11.12% 2.51%

Summary

American National Insurance peers beat American National Insurance on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About American National Insurance

American National Insurance Company is engaged in life insurance, annuities, and property and casualty insurance. The Company also offers limited health insurance. Its family of companies includes six life insurance companies, eight property and casualty insurance companies, and various non-insurance subsidiaries. Its business segments include Life, which offers products, such as Whole Life, Term Life, Universal Life, Variable Universal Life and Credit Life Insurance; Annuity, including products, such as Deferred Annuity, Single Premium Immediate Annuity and Variable Annuity; Health, including, such as Medicare Supplement, Supplemental Insurance, Stop-Loss, Credit Disability and Medical Expense; Property and Casualty, which offers products, such as Personal Lines, Commercial Lines and Credit-Related Property Insurance products, and Corporate and Other, which consists of its invested assets that are not used to support insurance activities, and non-insurance subsidiaries.

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