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

Dividends

Endurance Specialty Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Endurance Specialty Holdings pays out 25.3% 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 26.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Endurance Specialty Holdings has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Endurance Specialty Holdings is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.7% of Endurance Specialty Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.8% of Endurance Specialty Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Endurance Specialty Holdings and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Endurance Specialty Holdings 4.79% 1.62% 0.82%
Endurance Specialty Holdings Competitors 9.89% 5.19% 2.67%

Risk and Volatility

Endurance Specialty Holdings has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Endurance Specialty Holdings’ peers have a beta of 0.93, meaning that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Endurance Specialty Holdings and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Endurance Specialty Holdings 0 4 0 0 2.00
Endurance Specialty Holdings Competitors 730 2566 2274 72 2.30

Endurance Specialty Holdings currently has a consensus target price of $93.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.02%. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 0.38%. Given Endurance Specialty Holdings’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Endurance Specialty Holdings has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Endurance Specialty Holdings and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Endurance Specialty Holdings N/A N/A 15.50
Endurance Specialty Holdings Competitors $11.75 billion $2.00 billion 36.34

Endurance Specialty Holdings’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Endurance Specialty Holdings. Endurance Specialty Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Endurance Specialty Holdings peers beat Endurance Specialty Holdings on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About Endurance Specialty Holdings

Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. is a holding company. The Company, through its operating subsidiaries in Bermuda, the United States and the United Kingdom, focuses on underwriting specialty lines of personal and commercial property, and casualty insurance and reinsurance. It operates through two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance. In the Insurance segment, it writes agriculture, casualty and other specialty, professional lines, and property, marine/energy and aviation insurance. In the Reinsurance segment, it writes catastrophe, property, casualty, professional lines and specialty reinsurance. Its Insurance and Reinsurance segments both include property-related coverages, which provide insurance or reinsurance of an insurable interest in tangible property for property loss, damage or loss of use. In addition, its Insurance and Reinsurance segments include various casualty insurance and reinsurance coverages, which are concerned with the losses caused by injuries to third parties.

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