XL Group (NYSE: XL) is one of 86 public companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare XL Group to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
XL Group -2.51% -4.03% -0.83%
XL Group Competitors 9.25% 3.53% 2.26%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares XL Group and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
XL Group $10.55 billion $440.96 million -31.71
XL Group Competitors $11.51 billion $1.16 billion 140.62

XL Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than XL Group. XL Group 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for XL Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
XL Group 1 6 6 0 2.38
XL Group Competitors 630 2325 2184 45 2.32

XL Group currently has a consensus target price of $45.55, suggesting a potential upside of 16.78%. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 7.18%. Given XL Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe XL Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.4% of XL Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.7% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of XL Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

XL Group has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, XL Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.90, meaning that their average share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

XL Group pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. XL Group pays out -71.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 13.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. XL Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. XL Group is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

About XL Group

XL Group plc is an insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises. The Company operates through two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance. The Company’s Insurance segment is organized into four product divisions: Global Casualty (Casualty); Global Energy Property, & Construction (EPC); Global Professional (Professional), and Global Specialty (Specialty). Its insurance operations provide insurance policies for corporate risks that may require large limits, use of a captive insurance company and the need for a program of locally issued policies. The Reinsurance segment provides casualty, property risk, property catastrophe, specialty, and other reinsurance lines on a global basis with business being written on both a proportional and non-proportional treaty basis, and also on a facultative basis.

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