Old Republic International (NYSE:ORI) and Syncora (OTCMKTS:SYCRF) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Old Republic International and Syncora’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Old Republic International 12.01% 10.18% 2.65%
Syncora N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Old Republic International and Syncora’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Old Republic International $6.26 billion 1.00 $560.60 million $1.11 18.64
Syncora $62.12 million 5.91 $133.50 million N/A N/A

Old Republic International has higher revenue and earnings than Syncora.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Old Republic International and Syncora, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Old Republic International 0 0 1 0 3.00
Syncora 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.9% of Old Republic International shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Old Republic International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Syncora shares 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.

Volatility and Risk

Old Republic International has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Syncora has a beta of 2.31, suggesting that its stock price is 131% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Old Republic International pays an annual dividend of $0.78 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Syncora pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 17.6%. Old Republic International pays out 70.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Old Republic International has raised its dividend for 36 consecutive years.

Summary

Old Republic International beats Syncora on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Old Republic International

Old Republic International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the insurance underwriting and related services business primarily in the United States and Canada. The company operates through three segments: General Insurance Group, Title Insurance Group, and the Republic Financial Indemnity Group Run-off Business. The General Insurance Group segment offers automobile extended warranty, aviation, commercial automobile, commercial multi-peril, general liability, home warranty, inland marine, travel accident, and workers' compensation insurance products; and financial indemnity products for specialty coverages, including errors and omissions, fidelity, guaranteed asset protection, and surety. This segment provides its insurance products to businesses, government, and other institutions in transportation, commercial construction, healthcare, education, retail and wholesale trade, forest products, energy, general manufacturing, and financial services industries. The Title Insurance Group segment offers lenders' and owners' title insurance policies to real estate purchasers and investors based upon searches of the public records. This segment also provides escrow closing and construction disbursement services; and real estate information products, national default management services, and various other services pertaining to real estate transfers and loan transactions. The Republic Financial Indemnity Group Run-off Business segment offers private mortgage insurance coverage that protects mortgage lenders and investors from default related losses on residential mortgage loans made primarily to homebuyers. It is also involved in the consumer credit indemnity run-off business. Old Republic International Corporation was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

About Syncora

Syncora Holdings Ltd., through its subsidiary, Syncora Guarantee Inc., provides financial guarantee insurance and reinsurance, and credit enhancement for the obligations of debt issuers worldwide. The company guarantees U.S. municipal bonds; asset-backed securities; debt backed by utilities and selected infrastructure projects; specialized risks, including future flow securitizations and bank deposit insurance; and collateralized debt obligations. It also invests in private debt and equity securities. The company was formerly known as Security Capital Assurance Ltd. Syncora Holdings Ltd. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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