Loews Corporation (NYSE: L) is one of 85 publicly-traded companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Loews Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Loews Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Loews Corporation $13.11 billion $654.00 million 17.08
Loews Corporation Competitors $11.51 billion $1.16 billion 222.85

Loews Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Loews Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Loews Corporation has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Loews Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 0.90, meaning that their average share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Loews Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Loews Corporation 7.04% 4.08% 1.25%
Loews Corporation Competitors 8.11% 2.69% 1.65%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Loews Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Loews Corporation 1 0 0 0 1.00
Loews Corporation Competitors 632 2322 2185 45 2.32

Loews Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $35.00, indicating a potential downside of 28.86%. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 8.00%. Given Loews Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Loews Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.6% of Loews Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.7% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.8% of Loews Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Loews Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Loews Corporation pays out 8.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 19.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Loews Corporation competitors beat Loews Corporation on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Loews Corporation Company Profile

Loews Corporation is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in commercial property and casualty insurance; operation of offshore oil and gas drilling rigs; transportation and storage of natural gas and natural gas liquids, and operation of a chain of hotels. The Company has five segments consisted of its four individual operating subsidiaries, CNA Financial Corporation (CNA), Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (Diamond Offshore), Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (Boardwalk Pipeline) and Loews Hotels Holding Corporation (Loews Hotels), and the Corporate segment. CNA’s insurance products include commercial property and casualty coverages, including surety. CNA’s services include risk management, information services, warranty and claims administration. CNA’s core business, commercial property and casualty insurance operations include Specialty, Commercial and International lines of business.

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