Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B) and Kingstone Companies (NASDAQ:KINS) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Berkshire Hathaway and Kingstone Companies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Berkshire Hathaway 0 1 0 0 2.00
Kingstone Companies 0 0 1 0 3.00

Berkshire Hathaway presently has a consensus target price of $210.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.50%. Kingstone Companies has a consensus target price of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 29.62%. Given Kingstone Companies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Kingstone Companies is more favorable than Berkshire Hathaway.

Dividends

Kingstone Companies pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Berkshire Hathaway does not pay a dividend. Kingstone Companies pays out 42.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Kingstone Companies has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

30.5% of Berkshire Hathaway shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.6% of Kingstone Companies shares are held by institutional investors. 11.0% of Berkshire Hathaway shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of Kingstone Companies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Berkshire Hathaway has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kingstone Companies has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Berkshire Hathaway and Kingstone Companies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Berkshire Hathaway 25.50% 6.20% 3.14%
Kingstone Companies 5.37% 6.76% 2.39%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Berkshire Hathaway and Kingstone Companies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Berkshire Hathaway $242.14 billion 2.08 $44.94 billion $5.86 34.96
Kingstone Companies $92.77 million 1.79 $9.98 million $0.94 16.41

Berkshire Hathaway has higher revenue and earnings than Kingstone Companies. Kingstone Companies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Berkshire Hathaway, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Berkshire Hathaway beats Kingstone Companies on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in various business activities. Its segments include Insurance, such as GEICO, Berkshire Hathaway Primary Group, General Re Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group; Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC, which is engaged in the operation of the railroad system; Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which includes regulated electric and gas utility; Manufacturing, which includes manufacturers of various products, including industrial, consumer and building products; McLane Company, which is engaged in the wholesale distribution of groceries and non-food items; Service and retailing, which includes providers of various services, including fractional aircraft ownership programs, aviation pilot training and various retailing businesses, and Finance and financial products, which includes manufactured housing and related consumer financing, transportation equipment, manufacturing and leasing, and furniture leasing.

About Kingstone Companies

Kingstone Companies, Inc., through its subsidiary, Kingstone Insurance Company, underwrites property and casualty insurance products to small businesses and individuals in New York. The company provides personal lines insurance products, such as homeowners and dwelling fire multi-peril, cooperative/condominium, renter, and personal umbrella policies. It also offers commercial liability policies comprising business owners policies, such as small business retail, service, and office risks without residential exposure to business owners; artisan's liability policies for small independent contractors; special multi-peril policies for business owners risks; and commercial umbrella policies. In addition, the company provides for-hire vehicle physical damage only policies for livery and car service vehicles and taxicabs; and canine legal liability policies, as well as reinsurance products. Kingstone Companies, Inc. sells its products through independent retail, and wholesale agents and brokers. The company was formerly known as DCAP Group, Inc. and changed its name to Kingstone Companies, Inc. in July 2009. Kingstone Companies, Inc. was founded in 1886 and is based in Kingston, New York.

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