Argo Group International Holdings (NASDAQ: AGII) is one of 92 publicly-traded companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Argo Group International Holdings to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Dividends

Argo Group International Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Argo Group International Holdings pays out 19.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 27.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Argo Group International Holdings is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Argo Group International Holdings and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Argo Group International Holdings $1.69 billion $244.20 million 11.52
Argo Group International Holdings Competitors $11.75 billion $2.00 billion 36.53

Argo Group International Holdings’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Argo Group International Holdings. Argo Group International Holdings 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.

Profitability

This table compares Argo Group International Holdings and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Argo Group International Holdings 10.04% 6.39% 1.52%
Argo Group International Holdings Competitors 9.97% 5.14% 2.68%

Risk and Volatility

Argo Group International Holdings has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Argo Group International Holdings’ competitors have a beta of 0.93, suggesting that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.1% of Argo Group International Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.1% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of Argo Group International Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.4% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Argo Group International Holdings and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Argo Group International Holdings 1 1 0 0 1.50
Argo Group International Holdings Competitors 616 2253 2144 42 2.32

Argo Group International Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $70.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.67%. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential downside of 1.30%. Given Argo Group International Holdings’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Argo Group International Holdings is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Argo Group International Holdings competitors beat Argo Group International Holdings on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Argo Group International Holdings Company Profile

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. is an underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. The Company operates through four segments: Excess and Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty, International Specialty and Syndicate 1200. Excess and Surplus Lines segment carriers focus on risks that the standard (admitted) market is unwilling or unable to underwrite. The Excess and Surplus Lines segment consists of two operating platforms: Colony Specialty and Argo Pro. Commercial Specialty segment provides property, casualty and surety coverages designed to meet the insurance needs of businesses within certain markets. International Specialty segment underwrites insurance and reinsurance risks. It operate as Argo Re, the Casualty and Professional Lines unit of Argo Insurance in Bermuda, and Argo Seguros Brazil, S.A. in Brazil. The Syndicate 1200 segment underwrites around the world property, specialty and non-United States liability insurance.

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