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

Dividends

Kemper pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Kemper pays out 43.2% 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.

Profitability

This table compares Kemper and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kemper 4.32% 4.47% 1.09%
Kemper Competitors 6.11% 11.12% 2.51%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

56.6% of Kemper shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Kemper shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Kemper has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kemper’s peers have a beta of 1.39, indicating that their average share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Kemper and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Kemper $2.52 billion $16.80 million 30.86
Kemper Competitors $11.13 billion $534.17 million 156.53

Kemper’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Kemper. Kemper 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Kemper and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kemper 0 1 0 1 3.00
Kemper Competitors 112 797 846 21 2.44

Kemper currently has a consensus price target of $55.00, suggesting a potential downside of 19.71%. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 2.96%. Given Kemper’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Kemper has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Kemper peers beat Kemper on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

About Kemper

Kemper Corporation (Kemper) is a diversified insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides automobile, homeowners, life, health and other insurance products to individuals and businesses. The Company operates through two segments: Property & Casualty Insurance, and Life & Health Insurance. The Property & Casualty Insurance segment’s products include personal automobile insurance, both preferred and nonstandard, homeowners insurance, other personal insurance and commercial automobile insurance. These products are distributed primarily through independent agents and brokers. The Life & Health Insurance segment’s products are individual life, accident, health and property insurance. These products are distributed by career agents employed by the Company and independent agents and brokers.

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