Assurant (NYSE: AIZ) is one of 22 public companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Assurant to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Assurant and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Assurant 1 0 1 0 2.00
Assurant Competitors 112 797 845 21 2.44

Assurant currently has a consensus target price of $115.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.61%. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 4.34%. Given Assurant’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Assurant is more favorable than its competitors.

Dividends

Assurant pays an annual dividend of $2.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Assurant pays out 50.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 49.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Assurant has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Assurant has a beta of 0.8, indicating that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Assurant’s competitors have a beta of 1.29, indicating that their average share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Assurant and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Assurant $7.53 billion $565.35 million 23.59
Assurant Competitors $11.13 billion $534.17 million 153.24

Assurant’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Assurant. Assurant 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 Assurant and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Assurant 3.67% 3.55% 0.48%
Assurant Competitors 6.11% 11.12% 2.51%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.1% of Assurant shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Assurant shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Assurant competitors beat Assurant on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Assurant

Assurant, Inc. is a provider of risk management solutions in the housing and lifestyle markets. The Company operates in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s segments include Global Housing, Global Lifestyle and Global Preneed. Through its Global Housing segment, it provides lender-placed homeowners, manufactured housing and flood insurance; renters insurance and related products (multi-family housing business), and field services, valuation services and other property risk management services (mortgage solutions business). Through its Global Lifestyle segment, it provides mobile device protection products and related services and extended service products and related services for consumer electronics and appliances (global connected living business); vehicle protection services, and credit insurance. The Global Preneed segment provides pre-funded funeral insurance and annuity products. Its Global Preneed Segment operates in the United States and Canada.

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