Financial Contrast: MS&AD Insurance Group (OTCMKTS:MSADY) and Enstar Group (NASDAQ:ESGR)

MS&AD Insurance Group (OTCMKTS:MSADYGet Rating) and Enstar Group (NASDAQ:ESGRGet Rating) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, profitability and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares MS&AD Insurance Group and Enstar Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MS&AD Insurance Group 4.22% 9.29% 1.24%
Enstar Group N/A 2.55% 0.61%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares MS&AD Insurance Group and Enstar Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MS&AD Insurance Group $46.15 billion N/A $1.36 billion $1.61 9.19
Enstar Group $789.00 million 5.27 $473.00 million ($5.26) -43.59

MS&AD Insurance Group has higher revenue and earnings than Enstar Group. Enstar Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MS&AD Insurance Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

MS&AD Insurance Group has a beta of 0.44, suggesting that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enstar Group has a beta of 0.57, suggesting that its stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for MS&AD Insurance Group and Enstar Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MS&AD Insurance Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Enstar Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

72.1% of Enstar Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.8% of Enstar Group 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.

Summary

MS&AD Insurance Group beats Enstar Group on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MS&AD Insurance Group (Get Rating)

MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc., an insurance holding company, provides insurance and financial services worldwide. The company offers fire and allied, marine, personal accident, voluntary automobile, compulsory automobile liability, and others non-insurance products; life insurance products; and reinsurance services. It also provides financial services, including asset management, financial guarantee, 401k, alternative risk transfer, personal finance, and venture capital finance services; and risk management and nursing care services. In addition, the company offers credit guarantee, and personal loan services; weather derivatives services; and roadside and home assistance services. The company was formerly known as Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc. in April 2010. MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

About Enstar Group (Get Rating)

Enstar Group Limited acquires and manages insurance and reinsurance companies, and portfolios of insurance and reinsurance business in run-off. It engages in the run-off property and casualty, and other non-life lines insurance businesses. The company also provides consulting services, including claims inspection, claims validation, reinsurance asset collection, syndicate management, and IT consulting services to the insurance and reinsurance industry. It operates in Bermuda, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and other Continental European countries. The company was formerly known as Castlewood Holdings Limited and changed its name to Enstar Group Limited in January 2007. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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