AVIVA PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS: SCRYY) and Scor (OTCMKTS:SCRYY) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

AVIVA PLC/ADR has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Scor has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares AVIVA PLC/ADR and Scor’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AVIVA PLC/ADR $63.97 billion 0.40 $1.93 billion $1.39 9.10
Scor $15.00 billion 0.57 $323.26 million $0.17 26.12

AVIVA PLC/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Scor. AVIVA PLC/ADR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Scor, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.3% of AVIVA PLC/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Scor shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares AVIVA PLC/ADR and Scor’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AVIVA PLC/ADR N/A N/A N/A
Scor 1.94% 4.42% 0.63%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for AVIVA PLC/ADR and Scor, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AVIVA PLC/ADR 0 1 1 0 2.50
Scor 1 2 2 0 2.20

Dividends

AVIVA PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Scor pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. AVIVA PLC/ADR pays out 31.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Scor pays out 88.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. AVIVA PLC/ADR is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

AVIVA PLC/ADR Company Profile

Aviva plc provides various insurance and savings products primarily in the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, Canada, and Asia. The company offers life insurance, long term health and accident insurance, pension, and annuity products; and lifetime mortgage products. It also provides insurance cover to individuals, and small and medium-sized businesses for risks associated primarily with motor vehicles, property, and medical expenses, as well as liabilities, such as employers' and professional indemnity liabilities. In addition, the company offers home, commercial, pet, travel, critical illness, income protection, and private medical life insurance products. Further, it provides investment management services for institutional pension fund mandates; and manages various retail investment products, including investment funds, unit trusts, open-ended investment companies, and ISAs for third-party financial institutions, pension funds, public sector organizations, investment professionals, and private investors. The company markets its products through a network of insurance brokers, as well as MyAviva, an online platform. The company was formerly known as CGNU plc and changed its name to Aviva plc in July 2002. Aviva plc was founded in 1696 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Scor Company Profile

SCOR SE provides life and non-life reinsurance products worldwide. It operates through SCOR Global P&C and SCOR Global Life segments. The SCOR Global P&C segment offers reinsurance products in the areas of property and casualty treaties; specialty treaties, including credit and surety, decennial insurance, aviation, space, marine, engineering, agriculture risks, and alternative solutions; business solutions; business ventures and partnerships; and direct insurance products on a business-to-business basis. The SCOR Global Life segment provides life reinsurance products, including protection for mortality, morbidity, behavioral risks, disability, long-term care, critical illness, medical, and personal accident. This segment also provides financial solutions that combine traditional life reinsurance with financial components and provide liquidity, balance sheet, solvency, and income improvements to clients; longevity solutions that include products covering the risk of negative deviation from expected results due to the insured or annuitant living longer than assumed in the pricing of insurance covers provided by insurers or pension funds; and distribution solutions. In addition, the company is involved in the asset management business. SCOR SE was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

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