Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) and Argo Group International Holdings (AGII) Critical Contrast
Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) and Argo Group International Holdings (NASDAQ:AGII) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Berkshire Hathaway and Argo Group International Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Argo Group International Holdings||$1.69 billion||1.05||$244.20 million||$5.54||10.68|
Argo Group International Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire Hathaway is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Argo Group International Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk and Volatility
Berkshire Hathaway has a beta of 0.87, indicating that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Argo Group International Holdings has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
31.3% of Berkshire Hathaway shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.4% of Argo Group International Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 5.4% of Berkshire Hathaway shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.9% of Argo Group International Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Berkshire Hathaway and Argo Group International Holdings’ 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%|
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Berkshire Hathaway and Argo Group International Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Argo Group International Holdings||1||1||0||0||1.50|
Berkshire Hathaway currently has a consensus target price of $137,583.00, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Argo Group International Holdings has a consensus target price of $70.00, indicating a potential upside of 18.34%. Given Berkshire Hathaway’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Berkshire Hathaway is more favorable than Argo Group International Holdings.
Argo Group International Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Berkshire Hathaway does not pay a dividend. Argo Group International Holdings pays out 19.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Berkshire Hathaway beats Argo Group International Holdings on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Berkshire Hathaway
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in various business activities. Its segments include Insurance, such as GEICO, Berkshire Hathaway Primary Group, General Re Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group; Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC, which is engaged in the operation of the railroad system; Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which includes regulated electric and gas utility; Manufacturing, which includes manufacturers of various products, including industrial, consumer and building products; McLane Company, which is engaged in the wholesale distribution of groceries and non-food items; Service and retailing, which includes providers of various services, including fractional aircraft ownership programs, aviation pilot training and various retailing businesses, and Finance and financial products, which includes manufactured housing and related consumer financing, transportation equipment, manufacturing and leasing, and furniture leasing.
About Argo Group International Holdings
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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