Symetra Financial (NYSE: SYA) is one of 23 public companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Symetra Financial to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Symetra Financial and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Symetra Financial N/A N/A 23.54
Symetra Financial Competitors $26.01 billion $1.31 billion -548.43

Symetra Financial’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Symetra Financial. Symetra Financial is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Symetra Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Symetra Financial pays out 32.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 30.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Symetra Financial has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Symetra Financial lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.7% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.6% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Symetra Financial and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symetra Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A
Symetra Financial Competitors 231 1114 1667 79 2.52

As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 7.50%. Given Symetra Financial’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Symetra Financial has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Symetra Financial and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symetra Financial 3.63% 2.50% 0.23%
Symetra Financial Competitors 5.21% 2.18% 1.37%

Summary

Symetra Financial competitors beat Symetra Financial on 8 of the 9 factors compared.

Symetra Financial Company Profile

Symetra Financial Corporation is a financial services company in the life insurance industry. The Company’s products are distributed domestically in all states and the District of Columbia through benefits consultants, financial institutions, broker-dealers and independent agents and advisers. It has three divisions: Benefits Division, Retirement Division and Individual Life Division. The Company’s Benefits Division provides medical stop-loss insurance, group life and disability income (DI) insurance, and limited benefit medical insurance as its principal products. The Company’s Retirement Division provides products that help its customers prepare for retirement and includes the Deferred Annuities and Income Annuities segments. The Company’s Individual Life division sells life insurance products.

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