Analyzing Aflac (AFL) and Its Peers
Aflac (NYSE: AFL) is one of 31 public companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Aflac to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.
Aflac pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Aflac pays out 25.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.3% and pay out 35.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Aflac has increased its dividend for 34 consecutive years.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
65.6% of Aflac shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.3% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Aflac shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Aflac and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Aflac||$22.65 billion||$4.75 billion||12.66|
|Aflac Competitors||$28.39 billion||$2.33 billion||50.85|
Aflac’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Aflac. Aflac is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Aflac and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Aflac presently has a consensus target price of $75.56, suggesting a potential downside of 9.97%. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 10.44%. Given Aflac’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aflac has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Risk & Volatility
Aflac has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aflac’s peers have a beta of 1.28, suggesting that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Aflac and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Aflac peers beat Aflac on 10 of the 15 factors compared.
Aflac Company Profile
Aflac Incorporated is a business holding company. The Company is involved in supplemental health and life insurance, which is marketed and administered through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac). The Company’s insurance business consists of two segments: Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. The Company designs the United States insurance products to provide supplemental coverage for people having medical or primary insurance coverage. Aflac U.S. offers accident coverage on both an individual and group basis. The Company offers cancer plans, critical illness plans, and critical care and recovery plans. The Company designs the United States insurance products to provide supplemental coverage for people having medical or primary insurance coverage. Aflac U.S. offers accident coverage on both an individual and group basis. The Company offers cancer plans, critical illness plans, and critical care and recovery plans.
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