Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE: HIG) and Enstar Group (NASDAQ:ESGR) are both financials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Hartford Financial Services Group and Enstar Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hartford Financial Services Group 0 5 6 0 2.55
Enstar Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Hartford Financial Services Group currently has a consensus price target of $58.55, indicating a potential upside of 7.80%. Given Hartford Financial Services Group’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Hartford Financial Services Group is more favorable than Enstar Group.

Profitability

This table compares Hartford Financial Services Group and Enstar Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hartford Financial Services Group -16.79% 7.89% 0.57%
Enstar Group 28.14% 10.00% 2.07%

Dividends

Hartford Financial Services Group pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Enstar Group does not pay a dividend. Hartford Financial Services Group pays out 59.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Hartford Financial Services Group has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hartford Financial Services Group and Enstar Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hartford Financial Services Group $16.97 billion 1.14 -$3.13 billion $1.69 32.14
Enstar Group $1.11 billion 3.78 $311.45 million $15.92 13.52

Enstar Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Hartford Financial Services Group. Enstar Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hartford Financial Services Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Hartford Financial Services Group has a beta of 1, meaning that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, Enstar Group has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.1% of Hartford Financial Services Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.8% of Enstar Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Hartford Financial Services Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.9% of Enstar Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About Hartford Financial Services Group

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. is a holding company for insurance and financial services subsidiaries. The Company’s segments include Commercial Lines, which provides workers’ compensation, property, automobile, marine, livestock, liability and umbrella coverages primarily throughout the United States; Personal Lines, which provides automobile, homeowners and personal umbrella coverages to individuals across the United States; Group Benefits, which provides group life, accident and disability coverage, and other products and services; Property & Casualty Other Operations, which includes certain property and casualty operations; Mutual Funds, which provides investment management, administration, product distribution and related services to investors; Talcott Resolution, which consists of the run-off of the Company’s the United States individual and institutional annuity, and Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) businesses, and Corporate.

About Enstar Group

Enstar Group Limited is an insurance group that offers capital release solutions and specialty underwriting capabilities through its network of group companies in Bermuda, the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia and other international locations. The Company’s segments include Non-Life Run-Off, Atrium, StarStone, and Life and Annuities. The Non-life Run-off segment comprises the operations of its subsidiaries that are running off their property and casualty and other non-life lines of business. The Atrium segment underwrites specialist marine, energy, aerospace, non-marine and liability classes. The StarStone segment offers a range of property, casualty and specialty insurance products. The Life and Annuities Segment consists of the operations managing the Company’s closed-block of life and annuity business, and its life settlements business.

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